[rescue] My new UltraSparc 5's, also my first Sun stations

Paul Mantz angelixd at gmail.com
Thu Jun 2 06:46:06 CDT 2005

I see pci slots lurking back here, is it possible for me to get a
couple USB PCI cards and throw them in there?  That would let me use
modern peripherals (although some may consider it treacherous to the
appeal of these machines...) as well as a KVM for switching.  As far
as using BSD, I'd rather prefer to use linux as I don't have a machine
running it yet.

On 6/2/05, Jochen Kunz <jkunz at unixag-kl.fh-kl.de> wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 02, 2005 at 04:38:07AM -0500, Paul Mantz wrote:
> [...]
> > I was thinking of putting
> > Solaris 10 on one of them and some breed of linux on the other.
> >
> >   Unfortunately, I haven't been keeping track of what works well for
> > old 64-bit processors nowdays.  My first instinct was slackware,
> \begin{daemons advocate}
> Use NetBSD. NetBSD is the most sane implementation of the Unix paradigm
> in existence. It runs quite nice on sparc64 machines. -current supports
> X11 on the U5 / U10 on board ATI grafics. The package management, called
> pkgsrc, works well. I needed only a single command to install the whole
> KDE shebang. (Only to get konqueror as web browser. I don't use any
> other KDE stuff. KDE is way to bloated for my taste.)
> \end{daemons advocate}
> >   Also, I know nothing about the kind of wonky keyboard connection
> > that it seems to be employing.  What is that standard called, and are
> > there KVMs readily available for it?  I would prefer that than having
> > to set up two 17" monitors in my apartment!
> It is a standard Sun type 4 / 5 keyboard / mouse interface. You will
> need a suitable type 4 / 5 keyboard and mouse from Sun. Shouldn't be too
> hard to get one used. If you wane interface the machine to a KVM you can
> get an expensive KVM that supports the Sun type 4 / 5 keyboard / mouse
> interface or you can try to get a Sun keyboard / mouse to PS/2
> converter.
> Or you can use the Sun keyboard / mouse and switch only the video with
> the KVM. There are also software solutions for switching keyboard /
> mouse between machines. Google for "x2x-1.27.tar.gz" or have a look at
> http://sourceforge.net/projects/synergy2/
> --
> tsch|_,
>          Jochen
> Homepage: http://www.unixag-kl.fh-kl.de/~jkunz/
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