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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2004 8:46 pm    Post subject: Getting a SPARC server and wanna know about it.... Reply with quote

I am getting a SPARC server ina few days/weeks and i am tryin to do some research on them. Is there anything i should know before i try linux on it? Advantages/Disadvantages to x86? Whats good about them? Whats bad about them? How do they run as a server (good/bad/slow/fast)? How does Gentoo run on it? What about Slackware Linux? I will be choosing one or the other unless other wise directed....i know this is the Gentoo forums and Gentoo rocks but i thought id ask newayz.

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System Configuration:  Sun Microsystems  sun4u Sun Ultra 60 UPA/PCI (2 X UltraSPARC-II 450MHz)

System clock frequency: 113 MHz

Memory size: 2048 Megabytes

 

========================= CPUs =========================

 

                    Run   Ecache   CPU    CPU

Brd  CPU   Module   MHz     MB    Impl.   Mask

---  ---  -------  -----  ------  ------  ----

 0     0     0      450     4.0   US-II    10.0

 0     2     2      450     4.0   US-II    10.0

 

 

========================= IO Cards =========================

 

     Bus   Freq

Brd  Type  MHz   Slot        Name                              Model

---  ----  ----  ----------  --------------------------------  ----------------------

 0   PCI    33     On-Board  network-SUNW,hme

 0   PCI    33     On-Board  scsi-glm/disk (block)             Symbios,53C875

 0   PCI    33     On-Board  scsi-glm/disk (block)             Symbios,53C875

 0   PCI    33   pcia slot 1  pci-pci1011,25/pci108e,1000       pci-bridge

 0   PCI    33   pcia slot 1  SUNW,qfe-pci108e,1001             SUNW,pci-qfe

 0   PCI    33   pcia slot 1  SUNW,qfe-pci108e,1001             SUNW,pci-qfe

 0   PCI    33   pcia slot 1  SUNW,qfe-pci108e,1001             SUNW,pci-qfe

 0   PCI    33   pcia slot 1  SUNW,qfe-pci108e,1001             SUNW,pci-qfe

 0   UPA   113           30  FFB, Double Buffered              SUNW,501-4788


Thats the system output of the one i am getting. Is it a good one? Bad one? Im really new to SPARC. hehe. I like learning though.
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2004 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a fairly nice system. Will run Gentoo fine.
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PostPosted: Thu May 06, 2004 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What is so differant than x86s except the chipset? Can you give me any pointers or thigns to look out for?
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2004 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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What is so differant than x86s except the chipset? Can you give me any pointers or thigns to look out for?

Look here http://sunsolve.sun.com/ for Sun hardware docs.

Big difference is that sparcs are slow compared to your 10Thz Pentium 9;) but it is more stable, better balanced/tuned system


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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2004 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. I even more excited to work on it now. hehe. i dont know why but i am. i will def probably be posting back here when i get it and start installing. thanks for your help though.
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PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2004 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At home I use both Slackware and Gentoo, and to be honest Gentoo on the sparc architecture is much much better supported than Slackware/splack.

So if I were you, I'd go with Gentoo ;-)

Very nice system btw ;-)
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PostPosted: Sat May 08, 2004 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Id atleast try Gentoo before i woudl run any other distro of linux out there :lol: Thanks tho.
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PostPosted: Tue May 11, 2004 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Out of interest, what are you getting the server for?

Do you have a specific job in mind?
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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2004 2:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am interested in the differances and its faster than what i got and i always like to learn about new technology (well to me atleast). I also plan on replacing my current server once i get the Sparc up to speed. Does that help?
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PostPosted: Wed May 12, 2004 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, its good to see, and feel the differences between platforms. I have SPARC machines, and HP/9000 ones and they all have different feels to them.

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