[rescue] What version of Solaris for V120?

Jerry Kemp sun.mail.list47 at oryx.us
Mon Jul 17 14:22:49 CDT 2017

Hello Earl,

I have one of those, that I run 24x7 myself.

[hostname] /root 401 # prtdiag -v
System Configuration:  Oracle Corporation  sun4u Sun Fire V120 (UltraSPARC-IIe 
System clock frequency: 100 MHz
Memory size: 4096 Megabytes

I certainly understand the need to keep things light weight.

I have X, and a lot of other things I don't use/need on this box disabled to 
free up resources.

I'm specifically running Solaris 10u10b.  I'm a big ZFS fan, and although there 
are plenty of stories out there about people running it on less, 4 Gb is at the 
bottom end of what I consider practical/usable.

I also run (2) local Zones on this box.

I'm content to leave the V120 where it is at on Solaris 10u10b, but aside from 
the faster/more CPU(s)/more memory/etc issue, most if not all of the "what 
should I run on my SunBlade 2500" discussion is relevant to the v120.

If you do end up experimenting with OpenSolaris or Solaris 11 Express or one of 
the Illumos SPARC based distro's, I would like to hear about your experiences.


On 07/17/17 12:36 PM, Earl Baugh wrote:
> I've been working on the rack in my office and swapped out some machines
> for some "new-old" machines that will take less space
> (and allow for more disk storage which is what I find I need more of).  I'm
> keeping the E420 and E220 in the rack (both because it's the best physical
> place for them, and they're fun to run during the winter :-) ).  But the
> SS10 and Sun Blade 150 went down to the collection...(with the Apple II's,
> Sun 1, etc.)
> So, in the spirit of the discussion of which Solaris version to install,
> I'm looking for a Sun branded version of Solaris (I'd really rather NOT see
> that Oracle logo...just turns my stomach :-) ) .   I'm going to be making
> this my web server, so will need Tomcat, Python and maybe some sort of
> DB... but I'm flexible on that.   I have a couple decent size SCSI drives
> for it (and a new-old Snap SAN box that supports NFS so can load up storage
> via that...run on sata disks so easy to keep that going for a while).
> So, Solaris 8?  Or?   I'm not concerned about running the latest and
> greatest.
> What patch version?   (I believe I have access to a collection of patches
> via a local contact, so that's not an issue).
> I'm going to compile/build whatever code I'm running on it, so don't
> necessarily need packages.
> Thoughts?
> (this machine is next up on the list to get things going...)
> Earl
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