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On Wed, 1 Dec 2004, Zhang Weiwu wrote:
> Hello. After I get an old U5 box, I decide to replace my desktop computer
> with another UltraSparc. My desktop computer is Pentium 1G / 256MB memory /
> ATA100 IDE box.
> What UltraSparc (with how many of what CPU) has similiar average desktop
> performance as my Pentium box? I usually only browsing around, use openoffice
> and gimp a little, vim as editor and doesn't use huge IDE like eclipse.
> What's your suggestion?
I like U2 SMP. 2x300 are prety reasonably priced; 2x400 have better
performance, but they tend to be overpriced, in my opinion.
For browsing, gimp, and vim work they are fine. I don't know about
openoffice, because I have never been able to build it.
Pure CPU performance: For the mozilla browser, a c++ application with
an aggressively parallel build, I expect the build to take from 4 -- 6
hours, depending on CPU speed and other activities. I haven't actually
timed it, though, so that guess might be off. I am pretty sure I built
it yesterday in 5.5 hours on a U60(2x300MHz) --- performance of U2 is
about the same at a much lower price.
But don't just blindly follow my lead. If you are lucky, you'll get
several different opinions here, and you can pick & choose.
This note is being written on a U2-SMP configured thus:
2x400MHz cpu, 1MB memory, 2x18gb 10000rpm disks, Creator graphics (ffb2+)
uname -a gives this.
Linux lacewing.inforead.com 2.4.27-sparc-r1 #1 SMP Fri Oct 8 12:31:31 UTC
2004 sparc64 sun4u TI UltraSparc II (BlackBird) GNU/Linux
Ferris McCormick (P44646, MI) <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Developer, Gentoo Linux (Sparc)
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