[rescue] SS10 Accessories
justin at justinhaynes.com
Wed Nov 11 18:08:14 CST 2015
Don't forget OpenBSD. In some cases, OpenBSD has the latest most updated
support for 32 bit sparc hardware. Check the list and compare to your
I can't speak for ports and packages for OpenBSD versus NetBSD for sparc,
but there is plenty to run.
I had 24bpp color running on my TadPole SPARCbook.
On Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 5:08 AM, Romain Dolbeau <romain at dolbeau.org> wrote:
> 2015-11-11 10:43 GMT+01:00 Eddie Cottongim <eddie_cottongim at cox.net>:
> > I'm putting together a Sparcstation 10 system. I always thought the
> > hardware was well built, and figured it was getting close to now-or-never
> > before stuff gets too hard to find. I'll probably put the latest
> > flavor of Linux on it, maybe Debian 4.
> Why not go full vintage and run Solaris 8 ? 7 is very old (no ipv6), 9
> might be a bit heavyweight...
> If you want a 'modern' OS, NetBSD 7 will run on it. Many missing packages
> in pkgsrc for sparc32 however :-(
> As for now-or-never - we're already a bit past that point over here in
> continental Europe. It's become
> near impossible to discover/salvage pre-PCI let alone pre-Ultra hardware
> > I have the basic system unit in working order, including a SM51 CPU, 1
> > hard drive, 2x16 meg memory, and a GX framebuffer.
> For the disk drive, you might want to look into <
> Haven't gotten around to buy one yet, but it's a simple way to connect a
> lot easily interchangeable disk space
> if you want to try more than one OS. I love that idea that it exists. Would
> have loved it more cheaper, faster,
> or both :-)
> Things I'm looking to liberate/rescue:
> > Keyboard, mouse
> > Additional memory - 64 meg modules are nice
> The SS20 modules will work, and more to the point, the U1, U2 & U60 will as
> well (same modules, just faster,
> not sure about the exact list of systems, sunstuff.org/sunhelp.org should
> help). 64 megs are middle-range for the
> Ultras, and so cheaper for some reason if you're willing to buy.
> > Another SM51, or other CPU upgrades that might come along
> SM61 might still be available for not-too-ridiculous-money. Low frequency
> HyperSparc as well.
> Everything faster seems to have been hoarded by collectors (us :-) and
> specialist shops :-(
> > TGX framebuffer
> Go for a TGX+ if you can. It's much easier to connect to LCDs (the TGX+
> will do 1280x1024
> trivially for old cheap 5x4 17" LCDs, and can be convinced to output
> 1920x1080 that will
> work on 16x9 22-24" LCDs). 1152x900 will be blurry on LCDs, you'll need a
> > External CDROM
> Don't bother. Slow and probably failing by now. Just use NFS for installing
> and exchanging
> data, it will be much easier (assuming you have at least one
> NFS-server-capable machine
> on the same network).
> > I've found many of these things available cheap, but thought I'd see if
> anybody was dumping this kind of stuff before I go on an Ebay spree. They
> do add up.
> > would cover shipping within the US, and a little beer money for the
> Well, if anyone as anything they want to dump in Europe I'm interested as
> well :-)
> Cordially & good luck,
> Romain Dolbeau
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