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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I started in 64-bit computing in 1999 with the purchase of my first DEC Alpha (a PWS433a workstation). I started out running Linux on it, but switched to FreeBSD in 2001. I also picked up a DEC Server 3300R -- an awesome server (also running FreeBSD). I would heartily recommend old Alpha hardware to someone interested in 64-bit stuff.

These old DEC machines are built to standards unheard of in the commodity PC world. I used the workstation as a workstation until I switched to a laptop, now both are servers (dev and production).

Tony and I worked together for a few years in the 1990s and I can't wait to see the results of his tests!!