[rescue] You see a wild SPARCstation 20. What do?

Robert Novak rnovak at indyramp.com
Thu Jan 12 18:26:33 CST 2012

Hi all,

I pulled my old SS20 out of storage this weekend (in the course of cleaning
out my early-2000s storage spaces), and I'm thinking about putting it into
use somehow.

1) What OS do you guys think I should run on it? I think I'm stuck with
Sol9 and earlier (maybe even Sol8 and earlier?), or Open/NetBSD, and I've
read that Open may be quirky on a MP system.

2) I guess this will depend on #1, but is it worth bumping up from 8x32MB
to 6x or 8x64MB? It's relatively cost-effective... Also pondering a VSIMM
for it, although I'm just as likely to run serial console.

3) Are the SBUS GigE cards supported? I am not sure I have any anymore
(just sent an E4500 for auction and left the SBUS cards in it), so I may
just put a QFE or two in...

I'm pondering using it primarily as a router/firewall/proxy... would love
to do fileservice but scsi isn't cost-efficient in terms of power and
capacity for this apartment dweller.


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