[rescue] Crashing the Used UltraSPARC Market

Steve Hatle shatle at nfldinet.com
Tue Sep 6 14:02:54 CDT 2005


Shoulda been private, blah, blah, blah.



On 9/6/05 1:58 PM, "Steve Hatle" <shatle at nfldinet.com> wrote:

> Jonathan,
> 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
> shipping.
> So- consider better homes first, but if things are left over after that, let
> me know.
> Thanks,
> Steve
> 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
>> soon.
>> 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[0], 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[1].  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[2], or you'll
>> need to pay me[3] 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.
>> [0] 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.
>> [1] 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
>>      process.
>> [2] 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
>>      deliver.
>> [3] In advance.  I've gotten jerked around on shipping charges far too
>>      often on freebies.
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