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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Recent graphics cards work too!
by phayes on Wed 21st Jan 2004 17:24 UTC

Hi all,

I recently installed a racked Sun Fire V240 here at work. For some unknown reason, it was ordered with an XVR-100 & a 18" LCD screen. Rather than letting them go unused on a server I tried installing the XVR-100 card in a U10 I have handy. The XVR-100 is an ATI Radeon based card with dual outputs which supports 1600x1200x24 on both ports in Xinerama. The XVR-100 is not a supported on the U10 according to Sun, but the card & software installed without a hitch.

As the LCD only supported 1280x1024, I farmed it out to another U10 so that I could steal it's 20" CRT & setup Xinerama. So, I now have a 3200x1200x24 desktop. Mmmmmm, nice...