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From: Norman Warthmann <norman@...>
Subject: Re: what ultrasparc compare likely such Pentium box on desktop performance
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2004 10:43:27 +0100
Dear all,

my 2 cent:
I have an Ultra 10, creator 3d, 440 MHz

uname -a
Linux xxxxxxxxxxxxx 2.4.23-sparc-r1 #2 Sun Feb 22 02:10:46
UTC 2004 sparc64 sun4u TI UltraSparc IIi (Sabre) GNU/Linux

I have 2 Disks (hooked up
on IDE as master and slave, cable select as the sun manual
says did NOT work!) 10 gig and 120 Gig. my system is on the
10 Gig and my home directory on the 120 gig.
Someone recently on this forum was complaining that he could not get
openoffice compiled? I had the same problem because PORTAGE_TMPDIR
just got way too big for the small HD. I had to set  my
PORTAGE_TMPDIR to my bigger HD and then it compiled just
fine.

my gentoo is not annoyingly slow and can even stream my mp3s over the web
(gnump3d with lame). The on-board sound is also working. It is too slow for
watching big movies, though. When somebody asked me whether he should prefer
a sun over a x86 as a desktop computer, I would probably say NO, because for
daily use I have annoying limitations. E.g: I am using mozilla and I have
not found a way yet to listen to radio streams in wma and realplayer format.
I was not able to install a flashplayer plugin and thus some webpages render
unusable. Movies that come as .wmv files I am unable to view using "xine", I
tried mplayer also, but I got tired of trying, trying, trying. There
probably is a way to convert them into .avi or something else, but as I
said, if you have something else to do, like I finishing up my PhD, you are
better off using linux on x86 because here everything just works, and if not
you use wine. (But still, I love my sun ;-))

cheers

Norman



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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+)
> 6x4x16 CDRW
> 
> 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
> 
> Have fun, 
> - --
> Ferris McCormick (P44646, MI) <fmccor@g.o>
> Developer, Gentoo Linux (Sparc)
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