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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CD-R drives work fine under Solaris 7
by Steve H on Wed 21st Jan 2004 18:02 UTC

I've been using IDE CD-RW drives on "my" stable of Sun Ultra 5's for several years, using the cdrtools package compiled with gcc 2.95 from the sunfreeware.com site. Works great, you just need to turn off volume management before using cdrecord by killing vold.

I wish Sun were bright enough to sell and support CD recorders like the rest of the world; their sales folks even shared my opinion and amazement. It's not as though it were technically tough. Sun could have charged their usual inflated hardware prices, and I'd have paid gladly...

Solaris 8, OTOH, is a nightmare scenario. It breaks the SCSI emulation driver for IDE CD-RW drives, and I had to use an external SCSI CD-RW drive. Sol 9 allegedly fixes this, but it wasn't an option for me.