[rescue] What Linux can run on Sun Fire V890 (UltraSparc IV+) server

Jerry K sun.mail.list47 at oryx.cc
Wed Nov 25 08:58:19 CST 2009

Other than addressing frame buffer issues (I haven't seen those 
discussed yet), I am at a loss as to why Solaris or OpenSolaris wouldn't 
be the ideal OS for this system.


Jonathan Groll wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 25, 2009 at 09:29:05AM -0500, Lionel Peterson wrote:
> <snip>
>> Have you considered selling the Sun box and buying an x86 box that's  
>> better suited to your needs? Hey, I love solid Sun hardware, but if 
>> your primary req. is to run an app that isn't supported, your options 
>> seem limited...
>> Dual dual-core Xeon and Opteron servers are pretty cheap these days,  
>> like well under $500 nicely equipped.
>> Your hammer (sun server) may be able to drive a screw (run ffmpeg/ 
>> blender), but it may not be the best tool for the job...
> A Sun Fire V890 is a fine looking hammer -> I really don't think a
> $500 opteron machine can compete with 8 X dual core US IV+ processors
> and ~32GiB RAM (and a machine that cost about $50000 in 2004).
> The main problem with that machine is that only recently have
> hobbyists managed to get their paws on such big iron machines in order
> to tame them for *BSD/Linux.

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