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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Still going strong on mine...
by Dave Booth on Wed 21st Jan 2004 18:32 UTC

This ultra 5 is still my primary workstation in the office. Only by having a SPARC box running Solaris can I get away from the "corporate standard" of XP, which for a full-time unix admin tends to suck...

It may not be as fast as the newer machines but its still beefy enough to handle everything I throw at it on Solaris 9. Its also still the envy of coworkers doomed to MS-land as scrounging through the spares box allowed me to put a pair of 21" monitors on it and even old as it is it handles Enlightenment and a couple of displays full of transparent Eterms well enough to trigger the "cool shiny kit syndrome" in my fellow cube-warriors. The only thing I couldnt get working right was xinerama and with the way I work its not missed - I prefer the two displays to be separate anyway so I can flip around the virtual desktops on one and leave the other undisturbed.