[rescue] Suggestions for AIX devel system?

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at gmail.com
Thu Jul 31 01:01:10 CDT 2008

Adam Kropelin wrote:
> Folks,
> I am looking for some advice on a cheap AIX system for basic software 
> development use. I maintain a free software package (apcupsd) and 
> occasionally have users report build problems, etc. on AIX. I have 
> nearly every other platform covered, either with real hardware or vm 
> sessions on a PeeCee. But AIX is a noticeable hole in my arsenal.
> I'm completely clueless on RS6000 and POWER hardware and so am looking 
> for some guidance on what models to consider when scouring ebay, etc. 
> All I need is something capable of running a vaguely recent version of 
> AIX (say, 5.x although 6.x support would also be nice) and has enough 
> horsepower to do a bit of C/C++ compiling. I don't need a GUI. I'd be 
> perfectly happy with an RS232 console port and a network jack. Ideally 
> I'd like to keep the expenditure as far under $500 as 
> possible...although a quick look at ebay says perhaps that is not doable.
> Something roughly equivalent to a Sunblade 100 or 450 MHz Apple G4 would 
> be fine, as those are serving me well already.

Pick up a 44P-170.  (7044-170)  They come in three speeds, 333MHz, 
375MHz and 450MHz.  All chips are POWER3-II.  Any of them will do the 
job.  I recommend 2GB RAM or more.

Shouldn't cost too much.

Peace...  Sridhar

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