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

Mike Nicewonger twmaster at twmaster.com
Thu Jun 2 11:41:33 CDT 2005

On Jun 2, 2005, at 12:36 PM, James Fogg wrote:

>> I am using gentoo on my Sun Blade 100.  I tried a couple of
>> other things (*BSDs, which were my first choice), but there
>> are some little gotchas with various distros with hardware
>> that I couldn't work around (work box, not sinking $ into it).
> If I understand Gentoo, it's 100% compiled-in-place. Compiling anything
> on a U5 is an exercise in frustration due to the IDE disk system and
> slowness. A lot of people dedicated to using U5/U10's install a SCSI
> card and SCSI disk. I've heard good things about that conversion.

In the case of the IDE controller in the U5/10 it should stand for 
"It's Damn Evil".

 From personal experience a U5/10 with SCSI and >270MHz CPU is not a 
terrible machine. The cases still suck and the memory is expensive and 
odd. Still better than a Pentium <whatever> PeeCee IMHO.

Mike N

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