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: sparc5
by Dave on Wed 21st Jan 2004 17:52 UTC

Hi Jimmy,
I'm glad I'm not the only one running a sparc5 ;-)
One thing I've found when running gcc for them is that it's worth using the -mcpu=v8 switch to enable the use of the hardware integer multiply & divide instructions, especially for ssh. My machine accpts ssh connections in about 1/3 the time since I recompiled using that option.

Dave.