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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by Larry on Fri 23rd Jan 2004 00:47 UTC

I forgot to mention, something not everyone knew (and, Sun didn't talk about too much)
but for anyone who had an Ultra_10 with the UPA video board installed, that means you
have two framebuffers -- the onboard (PGX24) and the Creator (FFB). If you don't mind
running the desktop graphics according to the lower plane depth, then two displays
(one plugged into each graphics adapter) gives you a Xinerama desktop (two tubes but one
logical display :0.0). I always used to use Xinerama on my Ultra_10 (using Xsun, you
can do that in Solaris 7 and above), it was way cool. Doing similar using PCI
graphics adapters is also no problem, but all of our systems only had a single SCSI
adapter in the PCI slots (most folks didn't know they had both graphics adapters
but the on-board PGX24 really isn't that spectacular;) Larry.