[rescue] Ultra 5 OS

Phil Stracchino alaric at metrocast.net
Thu Apr 15 15:43:12 CDT 2010

On 04/15/10 15:43, Joshua Boyd wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 02:42:32PM -0500, William Barnett-Lewis wrote:
>> 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.
> I thought it was still available for home non-commercial usage.  

Not according to my reading of the updated license terms.  As far as I
can see, you get 90 days free trial, and then either you buy a full
support contract or you're in violation of license terms.  There appears
to be no such thing as a free hobbyist license any more.  (And the
support contracts aren't cheap; I can't find the percentage right now,
but if memory serves, it's a nontrivial percentage of the original
purchase cost of the hardware you're running it on.)

>> 3) I'm most famiier with NetBSD. Are either Free or Open significantly
>> better from a user perspective?
> NetBSD is my preference.  OpenBSD may be nice enough.  FreeBSD seemed to
> treat SPARC like a second class citizen the last I looked. 

Only second?  Last time I tried to install FreeBSD on Sparc I was
haughtily told that no, there was no support for Sun consoles in FreeBSD
and never would be.

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