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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Still fun hardware
by Justin on Wed 21st Jan 2004 17:21 UTC

Last year I owned a Sun Ultra 2, 2x300MHz, 512MB ram. I used Solaris 9 on it, and I really grew accustomed to it. I wish I didn't have to sell it, but other expenses came up and I couldn't justify keeping it over its cash equivalent since I had a dual-boot x86 sitting next to it.

Running Solaris 9 I found it somewhat slow, but far from unuseable.

These SPARC projects are very fun and different, and I highly recommend them to anyone interested in them.