[rescue] Crashing the Used UltraSPARC Market
shatle at nfldinet.com
Tue Sep 6 13:58:32 CDT 2005
I'll put my hand up if machines are available after you (rightfully) fulfill
any to the maintainers of the *BSD's or other good causes.
An SS20 or U1 is not of much interest, but a U2 or better or CycleQuad would
be awesome. No disk is not a problem.
I'd be happy to pay for shipping, though I think I might have a tab open
from the VAX 4000. I don't recall seeing a Paypal come in to cover the $35
or so that the shipping there cost. :-) Seriously, I'd pay to cover
So- consider better homes first, but if things are left over after that, let
On 9/6/05 1:27 PM, "Jonathan C. Patschke" <jp at celestrion.net> wrote:
> My employer is getting ready to get rid of (ie: give away, recycle,
> dump, whatever) a large amount of Sun equipment. The systems range from
> the pedestrian Ultra 1E, Ultra 2, and SPARCstation 20 to the
> industrial-looking and nearly indestructable Tatung clones thereof to
> the exotic Cyclequad and Cycle-UP 520. My employer has put me in charge
> of getting rid of the extras, and I really don't want to see any of
> these machines go to the dump.
> We're moving in late November, and don't want to take anything we're not
> using. This is just a heads-up so that you folks can spread the word to
> anyone whom you think might be interested. I'll have a full inventory
> In my mind, I'd most like to see these systems go to any BSD or Linux
> (or other free OS or free software) maintainer who would benefit from
> SMP-capable UltraSPARC hardware, or possibly to a school or other
> nonprofit that would benefit from them. However, my understanding is
> that these machines are fully depreciated, so, really, $WORK would be
> happy that they went to anyone.
> A cursory check shows these systems to mostly be fully-equipped with at
> least two processors per (where applicable), healthy amounts of memory,
> and smallish disks. These machines were EDA and CAD workstations, so
> most of them have Creator3D graphics, as well.
> In my rough estimation (again, I'll have a better idea once I get a full
> inventory of everything), there are about 40 machines that will need to
> find homes. So, don't be shy.
> If you want one (or more), you'll need to either pick your systems up
> from my house in Elgin, or I'll deliver anywhere in Austin, or you'll
> need to pay me shipping and packaging. I will consider shipping
> systems for free to bona fide maintainers of free operating system
> projects, but I obviously cannot afford to foot the bill for everyone.
>  I'd LOVE to have SMP support on OpenBSD and NetBSD, for example, so
> I will make an attempt to contact those maintainers personally. I
> have no idea whose tree to shake for Linux on UltraSPARC. If you
> know someone working on Linux or a similar project on UltraSPARC,
> please forward this message to him or her.
>  Disks I cannot promise. I'm going to attempt to get the okay to
> hand out machines with disks that I've wiped and certified, but I do
> work for a semiconductor design firm, so there may be well-justified
> paranoia about disks in machines that were used in the design
>  Or possible elsewhere in Texas, for a small bribe. If you're within
> an hour or so of Austin, it's more of a PITA for me to ship than
>  In advance. I've gotten jerked around on shipping charges far too
> often on freebies.
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