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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 3:14 am    Post subject: SPARCserver 20 and an X Desktop Reply with quote

I have an
Code:
cpu             : Texas Instruments, Inc. - SuperSparc-(II)
fpu             : SuperSparc on-chip FPU
promlib         : Version 3 Revision 2
prom            : 2.25
type            : sun4m
ncpus probed    : 2
ncpus active    : 2
Cpu0Bogo        : 74.75
Cpu1Bogo        : 74.95
MMU type        : TI Viking/MXCC
contexts        : 65536
nocache total   : 5242880
nocache used    : 443392
CPU0            : online
CPU1            : online
and 512MB RAM.
I have been using this machine as a SHELL for myself and some friends on the outside. A small 4.3GB HD to start the BOX and another 19GB HD for storage aka HOME Dir.
I am starting to use the BOX more and more and I thought installing an X-Desktop would make some thing easier... on the other hand I don't know if 1600x1200 is possible and how fast Sparky is going to work my X-Desktop.
Can anyone tell me what they have experienced?
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't know what resolutions will be available to you, but X11R6 (xorg-x11) will build and run on SS20.

Once it starts up, X itself runs fine (performance is in line with anything else on the system.)
As for using it as a desktop, that would depend on what applications you have in mind.
Fairly light weight window managers like fvwm work pretty well. Environments like kde or gnome should
work, but I have no first-hand experience. Something like OpenOffice would be someplace between most unlikely to impossible.
(I'm guessing about that one, of course. :) )

Specific performance or resolution questions are between you and your frame buffer.

Regards,
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just need some xterms open.
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 5:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fluxbox it and you'll be fine
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