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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2003 9:30 pm    Post subject: What sparcs are people running? Reply with quote

Since not everyone visits us on irc, we're in the dark about some of the people's machines, and what goodies they have stuffed into them.

This thread would give us a nice feeler to know what people have, and narrowing down issues when they arise.

Heres my mess:

peregrine:
Ultra5 - 360Mhz, 256Meg, 30Gig drive, Sun SCSI, Conner DAT, on a SGI 20" monitor (Main machine) (Kernel 2.4.22-sparc-r0)

osprey:
Ultra5 - 360Mhz, 128Meg, 8.4Gig drive, headless (mostly does distcc and some other testing) (Kernel 2.4.21-sparc-r1)

kiwi:
Sparcstation20 - 2x75Mhz, 228Meg, 2x4.3Gig drives (testing sparc32, and building stages) (Kernel 2.4.22-sparc-r0)

Soon to have an Ultra2, 2x200 (haven't thought of a machine name for it yet)
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2003 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After doing many x86 installations I'm finally playing around with the sparc. Before I do anything too crazy I want to try with my Ultra 2. I'm starting to regret it though since its so slow. I'm doing a Kernel compile right now...(4th time...I can't seem to get the kernel under 3.6 megs ;))

Thats all for now...I'm sure there will be more in the future.

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2003 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Similar story with me, really - got fed up with x86 hardware and decided that there had to be something better :-)

Perused eBay for a half hour or so and managed to win a rather neat little Ultra 10 440MHz. The rather tired-sounding 9.1GB HDD was replaced with a pair of Seagates (40GB and 80GB 7200RPM beasties) and Gentoo run up.

The whole thing went from stage one to running system in a day and a bit and is presently running rings around the responsiveness of Solaris.

Just so you know, IMHO the Gentoo install is approximately 100 times less painful than FreeBSD / NetBSD - both of which have yet to muster a proper console driver...

Going along the lines of odd hardware, I've also just bought an HP C180 PA-RISC box - should be fun :)

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2003 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just one Sparc box yet:

NAME: mel.blu.net
CHASSIS: Sun Ultra 5
USE AS: primary desktop
LINUX: 2.4.22-sparc-r0
CPU: 440 MHz Sun UltraSparc IIi
RAM: 512 MB 50ns ECC RAM
SCSI: Symbios Logic SYM22801 Dual Channel Controller
HD: 2x IBM 18.0 GB SCSI (10k rpm, 8 MB Cache, U320)
DVD-/CD-ROM: LG 12x/48x
SCREEN: VideoSeven L17MB 17" TFT


Update: Got some RAM today. 512 MB now :D


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2003 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only have 1 Sparc at home.

hostname krypton
Ultra 2 Enterprise
Dual 300 Mhz CPUs
384 Megs RAM
a lowly CG6 video card
Single 9 gig SCSI drive
Sun 17 inch monitor

Basically it's an out of box Ultra 2 Enterprise except for adding 256 megs more RAM and a 2nd CPU (and Gentoo of course!).
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2003 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i just entered the realm of sparc as well. only one box (so far!):

Name: bubu
Type: Ultra 2
Procs: Dual 300Mhz
RAM: 128MB :?
HDD: 4.3BG seagate (w/ solaris on it)
Video: Creator3d
Monitor: Trinitron via 13W3->HD15 adapter

currently running gentoo diskless, booting kernel over tftp and nfsrooted. :D next investment is *definitely* more RAM for this guy... he kinda crawls due to the measely 128MB in him... sigh.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2003 2:20 pm    Post subject: Ultra II Reply with quote

Using a dual cpu Ultra Enterprise 2 with 2 nine gig drives and a half gig of RAM.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2003 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


  • lacewing U2-SMP, 2x400, 1gb ram, 2x18gb disk, 2.4.21-r1
  • antaresia U60-SMP, 2x450, 1gb ram, 2x18gb disk, 2.4.21-r1
  • dragonfly SS20-SMP, 2x75, 160mb ram, 2x20 + 1x2 gb disk, 2.4.21-r1
  • antaresia U2-SMP, 2x300, 521mb ram, 2x9gb + 1x20gb disk, 2.4.21-r1


Notes:
1. All sun4u kernels have Keith Weslowski's semctl kernel patch installed.
2. antaresia is under construction, and not networked with the others.
3. For sadistical: After you build the kernel, do you ...?
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2003 4:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

(The second U2 is named [b] terciopelo [b])
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2003 4:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a random number of Sunblade 1000 with dual UltraIII 900mhz with 1.5 Gb of RAM. I say random because the project that they were used on died so they were just stored in my office. I've started playing around with them installing gentoo and such. Now that they have gentoo on them all the sudden people are interested in using them again haha. Oh well. Probabably for the best. I don't think my boss would have been happy that I was using a $15K machine as a nethack server, but its not like anyone wanted the things then.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2003 4:22 pm    Post subject: Sparc Type Reply with quote

Ive only got the one and its an Ultra5 - 360Mhz, 512Meg, 30Gig drive (IDE)
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2003 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ferris wrote:

3. For sadistical: After you build the kernel, do you ...?
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strip vmlinux


I did not actually thanks.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2003 8:31 pm    Post subject: sparcs Reply with quote

none :(

but @work

E220R/2x450/2GB/18,36GB SCSI/2.4.22: mail, web, dns, ...
E220R/2x450/1GB/18,36GB SCSI/2.6.0test5: test
T1/1x400/512MB/2x18GB SCSI/2.4.19: mailrelay, dns
T1/1x400/256MB/2x18GB SCSI/2.4.19: test
US1/1x170/128MB/4GB SCSI/2.4.21: FW
US5/1x333/128MB/120GB IDE/2.4.21: dead

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm a n00b to sparcs. I picked up a Sun Ultra 1 at Defcon in Las Vegas.
It's a NASA handme down I think.

143 mhz 64mb of RAM.

And i've yet to compile a kernel small enough to boot with SILO. it's sad i think it must take 8 hours to compile the kernel. Shouldn't it be possible to compile a kernel on a faster machine then just ftp onto the sparc box?



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 10:47 pm    Post subject: Ultra10 Reply with quote

Ultra10
440MHz UltraSparc IIi
0.5 GB RAM
2X9GB IDE drives
SunPCI card (not used/not usable in linux)
Kernel 2.4.18

If you want a dmesg or anything else, let me know.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2003 11:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now its all up and complete here is the Ultra2 I spoke of:

Linux melkor 2.4.21-sparc-r1 #8 SMP Sun Sep 19 00:01:35 EDT 2003 sparc64 sun4u TI UltraSparc II (BlackBird) GNU/Linux

Melkor
1 x UltraSPARC II 400Mhz
1152MB of RAM
2 x 18GB SCSI Drives internal
6x 18GB SCSI Drives in a 12 disk capable array using LVM to stripe them.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 22, 2003 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sun Blade 100 (500MHz, 80MHz bus)
RAM 512M
9GB SCSI
18GB IDE
SunPCI (not used under Linux :( )
SCSI CD Writer
IDE Iomega drive 250 MB (not used - don't know how under Linux)
15' Sony LCD
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2003 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there,

I probably have some of the oldest machines in this forum, but hey, they work fine :) ...compilation takes a looong time, thought :( .

2 x Sparc Station 5, 110 MHz, 256 MB Ram, 2 x 4 GB disk

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2003 5:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whee!!

Ultra 5 270mhz 320mb RAM 20gb IDE 32X CD

SPARC 5 110mhz 128mb RAM 9gb SCSI 2X SCSI CD

btw, anyone had any boot problems on Sparc 5's?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2003 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At work I'm on an Ultra10, 440mhz IIi, 1 gig ram, 2x seagate 20g drives, creator3d, used as a workstation (lots of development)

At home I've got a Ultra2, 2x200mhz Ultrasparc I's, 2x 18g 10k scsi, 1g ram, creator3d video, also workstation.

I've also got an E450, 4x450mhz US2's, 3g ram, 2x 18g IBM 10k drives internal, e1000 gig ethernet going to a NetApp filer, nfs mount 1.2 tb. This one is a local file server (as well as local gentoo mirror), plus centralized logging.

I've got a couple Netra 1405's running gentoo at various times, mostly for testing of things (and showing the speed improvements vs Slow-laris), but they spend most of thier time in a pile.

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2003 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Done a lot x86 installations. Have done a lot of x86 hardware troubleshooting. Basicly I've had it with x86. Th SS20 I received as a gift was a warm welcome to experiment with Sparc.

Nowadays it is equiped with 2 170 MHz cpu's and max RAM ( I found a really nice offer on ebay). Only thing it is missing is a larger HD and a second ethernet card. It is not running gentoo but openbsd.
As soon as it has a second eth it will be be functioning as firewall/router.

Second Sun was also a gift..and a really nice gift: Ultra60 with dual 450MHZ UltraSparcIIi and 512 MB RAM + 19 GB seagate scsi disc. Oh and a nice 20" SUn monitor.
It had gentoo installed. But unfortunatly the installer of Solaris 9 wants to use the whole disc. Gentoo has been re-installed yesterday and I'm making it ready for replacing my current Athlon 900 desktop.

Unfortunatly I'm getting a lot of access violation problems on /usr/lib/perl/5.0.0/base.pm with a lot of differen packages.

It will take a while to get Gentoo on the Ultra60 ready for replacing my current desktop, but it will be worth the wait. Finally I can dump that lousy x86.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2003 6:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yes, x86 is the devils work. Why couldn't IBM have chose Digital Research for the OS :cry:

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 24, 2003 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm pretty new to Gentoo. Had some sparcs for a while, but was running Aurora, or Debian linux on them.

Ultra5 that im trying to put gentoo on, once i get my boot problem sorted, I'll be done. 384mb ram, 80gb ide, oem cdrom.

Axil 320 (sparc20 clone) needs ram, and hdd

And last but not least, an old IPX. Have no clue what im going to do with it, but it looked neat so... I did add an ethernet card to it, so its ready for something. :?
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2003 5:09 am    Post subject: My Sparcs Reply with quote

Just got started with Gentoo, but I've sorta gone nuts. So far, I've dropped it onto two Ultra 5's, one Ultra 10, and am currently emerging away on the Ultra 2.

Loving it so far on all of 'em, but I gotta admit Gentoo from Stage 1 is a lot more fun on the multi-processor Ultra 2. :)
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2003 5:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You are as bad as me my friend.

But Sun hardware is extremely reliable in my experience, that is why I like it.

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