[rescue] best OS for SPARCserver 10
twmaster at twmaster.com
Thu Sep 11 23:42:03 CDT 2003
As has been pointed out either NetBSD or OpenBSD would be the best operating
system choice for your nice vintage SS10.  If you have more than one CPU
then your best choice is NetBSD, or to remove one CPU to use OpenBSD. I
would avoid Solaris on that machine. 
You should be fine with 128 MB of memory. You may however run into booting
problems if you try to use an Apple CD-ROM. The Sun CD-ROM FAQ is your
If you boot from Floppy you should be OK.
 Possibly the very finest of all the 4m machines IMHO.
 Not saying Solaris in it's current form is bad. Just is too much
overhead for the good ole' SS10
----- Original Message -----
From: "simeon johnston" <simeonuj at eetc.com>
To: <rescue at sunhelp.org>
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2003 11:35 PM
Subject: [rescue] best OS for SPARCserver 10
> I've got a SPARCserver 10.
> 128MB ram.
> 2x 1.8GB HD. I'll probably upgrade one of them to a 10GB. Possibly
> upgrade both.
> Video card (Don't know what kind it is) w/ 13w3->DB15 adapter.
> I also have a few old Apple SCSI CDROM drives that should work great
> for booting it. That or the built-in floppy.
> I want to use it for a minimal Appletalk/Samba fileserver (5 users max
> at any given time. 1 user most of the time if that) as well as OpenAFP
> (just to test it out. Play around a little).
> FrontBase (SQL database).
> Possibly CVS.
> Some remote X stuff.
> Burning CD's (If possible).
> Playing some musice if I can find the adapter for the audio. What is
> that connector?
> This is a machine I traded Pete L. Wargo for a Quadra 840AV (where is
> he anyway? Haven't seen him for a LONG time).
> I wanted to load Solaris on it since it should handle all of the above
> nicely. I thought that you could download the OS free from Sun (at
> least a version of it) but couldn't really find anything on there sight
> (I was very confused with the download section).
> It's currently running Debian quite well, but I have enough Linux boxes
> at work to admin. I want to try something different. Maybe a *BSD.
> I also found a box for Solaris Server 2.5.1. It's pretty old. I think
> it came with the other Sparc 10 at work. That or the Sparc 5 (both
> from Marner. Not Sun cases. There pretty ugly). I'd rather have
> something newer.
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