[rescue] Opinions - what OS for Sun E3500?

Patrick Giagnocavo xemacs5 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 8 16:03:49 CDT 2012

Solaris 10 up to update 8 I think does not have the same onerous licensing,
from what I understand.

I still have some Sol10U3 (I think) servers running, pre-ZFS on root days,
that are rock solid.

Are there some OpenSolaris/SPARC distros - they might be fun and more

I wonder what the max performance you could get on file IO is, with a wide
enough stripe of FC disks?


On Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 4:58 PM, Jonathan Katz <jon at jonworld.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Jun 8, 2012 at 4:49 PM, <shatle at nfldinet.com> wrote:
> > All,
> > I've decided to bring my E3500 out of mothballs - I've got enough FC
> > disks, processors and memory to make a real power-sucking dust bunny
> > collector...
> >
> Solaris 10 will run on it, but because of licensing I don't know if you CAN
> run it on there anymore. Depending upon what you're doing with Solaris
> Containers it could be neat.
> You could do the "vintage" thing and run Solaris 2.5.1 on it (which I think
> will work with patches.)
> A friend of mine has been doing a lot of Linux/Sparc work with Debian
> Sparc, fixing compiler bugs, etc. It's been interesting watching his tweets
> on it.
> Of course, if you want BSD there is BSD support from the usual suspects
> (FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD.)
> Given how many disks you may (or may not) have in the box, you may want to
> play with ZFS. That means Solaris 10 or FreeBSD.
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