Gentoo Archives: gentoo-sparc

From: Gary Nichols <gary@××××××××××.org>
To: Ferris McCormick <fmccor@g.o>
Cc: Zhang Weiwu <zhangweiwu@××××××.com>, gentoo-sparc@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-sparc] what ultrasparc compare likely such Pentium box on desktop performance
Date: Wed, 01 Dec 2004 17:51:36
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-sparc] what ultrasparc compare likely such Pentium box on desktop performance by Ferris McCormick
On Wed, 1 Dec 2004, Ferris McCormick wrote:
> Specs are wrong, because they were written before larger disks were > available. 2x18 works fine, and I think you will find people on this > list who use larger. > > No, I don't use raid, but again, you will find people who do. > > Except for the M-for-G slip on memory, what I wrote is correct. (Specs don't > allow for CDRW instead of CD, but the hardware > doesn't care as long as it's SCSI, and Linux supports it.)
Ferris is correct - SCSI is SCSI is SCSI. It's not uncommon to find people with two 72GB drives in their U2's. I want to comment on this because I have just done a similar comparison in looking for a good desktop box. I hope that this helps. Note: I own all these boxes (or multiples thereof) and have spent way too much time tinkering with them. Happy to answer any questions regarding these boxes + Gentoo. Ultra1: Well built, cheap on ePay, very quiet. Excellent in a server capacity, "so-so" in workstation configuration. Gentoo LOVES these boxes. Decent expandability for a single proc box. Ultra2: Best built, cheap on ePay, but LOUD. In a 10x10 office, it gets old. In a larger room with other boxes, you may not notice. Excellent in a server capacity, also excellent in workstation with 2x300/2M or faster procs. Hands down the best box Sun ever made. VERY expandable. Gentoo just zooms on this box. Excellent SMP operations. Ultra5: PC-quality case, slow PCI, onboard graphics poor. Louder than average PC. Good as a stackable single-use server. 333/2M is best proc for overall, IMO. Not real expandable. Gentoo works. Ultra10: OK case, but the implementation of the "lid" is poor. Quiet. Crappy IDE/PCI. Decent as a workstation, ok as a server. Gentoo works. Ultra30: Built like a tank - Heavy! Lots of room inside case. Almost as loud as an U2. Good as a workstation or server. Probably tied with the U60 as the second best machine Sun ever made. Gentoo loves this box. Ultra60: Solid case - very similar to U30 except that you can have two processors. Very fast. Good graphics options. Loud as U30. I'm on this box right now - running Gentoo! Blade 100: Nice to look at, but case is VERY flimsy. Power supply is LOUD. All USB peripherals. Onboard gfx suck. You can barely squeeze a SCSI card/drive into the case. Case fan is loud. Good luck trying to get anything but Solaris to work as a workstation with this thing - especially if you are using an Elite3d card. *puke* Gentoo works on every machine I have BUT this machine. Decent as a workstation if you're running Solaris or basic server functions. No idea why these things are still going for $300 a pop on ePay. Buy a U2 instead. I run Solaris on this box. If you really want some excitement in your life, put an e250 under your desk. ZOOOOOM! Loud, but very fast and very expandable with procs, memory and storage. Highly recommended - and Gentoo just rips along. Okay, enough of my rant. -- gentoo-sparc@g.o mailing list