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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Handy firewall
by Perriko on Wed 21st Jan 2004 22:42 UTC

I picked up an old ultra 5 from work that was retired and collecting dust in the hallway. I took it home and now use it as a firewall/squid proxy/NAT box between my home network and my cable connection. It runs Debian (woody), has no screen or keyboard and sits under the crockery cupboard out of sight in the dining room. It hasn't missed a beat in 12 months.

a great use for an old workhorse...