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

Robert Novak rnovak at indyramp.com
Fri Jan 13 00:02:50 CST 2012

> > 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.
> It all depends on whether you have a need or a want for the machine.

Also, dogs bark? :)

> 3. Put it in your DMZ and offer free accounts.  See how many simultaneous
> users it can support.  Declare a massive login-day event.

That might actually work.

> Truly the SS20 is no slower than it ws in 1992.  It was a fantastic machine
> then and it is a fantastic machine now.  It is too sad to see it used
> as a router.  Have some fun with it.  Retro computing can be fun.
> The idea of putting OpenStep on it sounds like fun as well.

Alas, Hypersparc.

On the upside, I just powered it up, and after a few reboots to track down
a bad simm and remove it, it seems to be pretty functional (and running
Solaris 8 108528-something).

SPARCstation 20 MP (2 X RT626), No Keyboard
ROM Rev. 2.25R hyperSPARC, 256 MB memory installed, Serial #7932865.
Ethernet address 12:2b:a0:7b:aa:9c, Host ID: 00790bc1.

I've found some affordable sbus pcmcia devices... wonder if those with
pcmcia-cf adapters would be bootable. I guess for $15 or so I could try.

More information about the rescue mailing list