[rescue] Ultra 5 OS

Patrick Finnegan pat at computer-refuge.org
Thu Apr 15 15:01:56 CDT 2010

On Thursday 15 April 2010, William Barnett-Lewis wrote:
> Last winter I rescued an Ultra 5 here in town. It's a 333mhz w/ 512mb
> & 2 45 gb EIDE disks on board. I dug out my last Type 4 keyboard &
> optical mouse & it comes up to the OK prompt just fine.
> So now the question becomes which OS for this older (older says the
> guy who used to just be happy with an IPX w/ 'Weitek Power Up' on
> board...) system?
> 1) Solaris 10 recently got it's license Oracled.
> 2) Open Solaris - most recent version is apparently 6/09? Is this
> project dead along with Sun?
> 3) I'm most famiier with NetBSD. Are either Free or Open
>  significantly better from a user perspective?
> 4) Anything else? (I wish my NeXT 3.3 disk would work but alas...)

Linux.  Debian still supports UltraSparc for the most part.

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