Linked by Tony Bourke on Wed 21st Jan 2004 02:41 UTC
Oracle and SUN A few weeks ago, I stubbed my toe on my old Sun Ultra 5 as it sat there lifeless and unused in my apartment. Once my primary desktop, the envy of my geek friends, and a way to woo the ladies, its glory days have long since passed. As much as I would like to let it live out its days looking sexy and taking up space, I live on the island of Manhattan, where space is a premium. Since I can't charge it rent, I decided I'd better use it or lose it. But what to use it for? What operating system would I run on it? Solaris? What about Linux? FreeBSD? NetBSD? OpenBSD? They all run on the SPARC platform, so I thought why not do a quick review.
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Ultra5 w/Solaris 9 and Gnome
by R on Wed 21st Jan 2004 17:02 UTC

When starting a grad program, i had the option of an old windows box or a never booted, 3 year old Ultra 5 (400mhz, 256MB). I was new to Unix/Linux, but it was a great learning tool.

Its now one of my desktops and runs Solaris 9 and Gnome. Not to get into a desktop war, but Gnome runs very nicely on it. Not the fastest combination around, but incredibly stable.

I also do mapping, seismic data processing, and data gridding on it, and the 64 bit USparc shines on some of those jobs.

I also have the SunPCI card, which is a 32-bit processor on a PCI card meant to boot Windows, but Linux can also be loaded on it. There's a HOW-TO out there on it. Thats one of my next projects when i find the time.