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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My Ultra 5 experience
by hsnewman on Wed 21st Jan 2004 18:27 UTC

Well, I saw one on usenet for sale, and called the guy. He was selling an UNOPENED U5 with UNOPENED 17 inch monitor for "best offer". I offered him $75 TODAY, he accepted.

It came with an opened box of Solaris 8 as well.

Well, I pulled the 8 gig drive and put in a 40 (I had problems with my 160 gig drives working, unfortunately).

At that time (1/2 year ago), I was really into Mythtv. I tried all the flavors of Linux and BSD, but couldn't get both high resolution and sound working. So I went back to Solaris 8.

Next, I added a WinGo/TV card. . .and a SunPCI II card.

At this time, my U5 is running both Solaris 8 and Linux 2.4. Under Solaris 8 I'm running the KLH10 emulator with TOPS-20. Under the linux system I'm running the SIMH emulator with TOPS-10.

4 OS's on 1 desktop. Oh, and BTW=> the TV works great under Solaris.

Beat that, geeks.