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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RE: FreeBSD on Ultra5
by TilJ on Thu 22nd Jan 2004 04:50 UTC

If you check the freebsd-sparc64@ mailing list archives, this comes up every few weeks. There's two solutions:

1) Use a real serial console!
2) suffer with the system console until -CURRENT gets it sorted out (planned to be done by release 5.3, I believe) by using control-n and control-p for next and previous.

Really, use the serial console. Everything looks and acts normal then.