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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Sparcs are cooooool!!!
by BSDero on Wed 21st Jan 2004 21:42 UTC

I've got some old sun4m machines (one ss5, two dual ss10, and a ss20). The SS20 is my home workstation. It has dual SuperSparc II processors, 256 MBytes RAM and a 9 GB SCSI HD. It works perfectly. I installed Aurora Linux there, but xmms sounds terrible. So it is working with Solaris 9. the other sparcs are running aurora lnx.

I would like to install some BSD, but SMP/sparc32 is experimental in these OS.. or completely unsupported.. would be great if Tony would cover sparc32 engines too.

I'm about to get a dual Sun Ultra 10. And I can't wait to have this little toy in my hands.. (what would i install into it?)