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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RE: ultra 10
by Dave on Wed 21st Jan 2004 17:45 UTC

adapt asks:
BTW -- Why does Sun hardware (in my experience at least) scroll the terminals SO slow? Always bothered me. What causes this?
At least on earlier Suns, & probably the Ultra 5, plug-in cards contained initialisation code is ROM. To make this code smaller, it was implemented in forth. This extended to the implementation of console mode, ie. it's running forth out of ROM. Console mode was only really intended for usr while booting, once the window system was started thing got much faster.