Gentoo Archives: gentoo-sparc

From: Zhang Weiwu <zhangweiwu@××××××.com>
To: Keith M Wesolowski <wesolows@××××××××.org>
Cc: Andrew Gaffney <agaffney@g.o>, gentoo-sparc@l.g.o
Subject: Re: [gentoo-sparc] what ultrasparc compare likely such Pentium box on desktop performance
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2004 10:19:48
In Reply to: Re: [gentoo-sparc] what ultrasparc compare likely such Pentium box on desktop performance by Keith M Wesolowski
Keith M Wesolowski wrote:

>Finally, as always, understand your workload >before buying. >
Here, again, I wanna be suggested by you experts. 1) I am a saleman (luckly, I am just technical enough to use gentoo, not any more). My work mostly involve mozilla and openoffice, acroreader etc. 2) I have been using an very old notebook I brought several years ago, thinkpad with Pentium 1G. Later the CPU gets burned, so replaced a 800MHz. I don't use desktop computer. I want to have a sparc desktop now. We are using in the company very complicated web-based database and customer management system, I usually (with my notebook) wait 8 seconds untill one webpage fully loaded, because each page is too complicated with javascript and lots of forms and tables. (Network is very fast.) I hate to let my customer wait 8 seconds on the phone untill I could see the customer's record, because 8 seconds feels like 80 seconds on the phone, and sometimes I need to go through 3~5 pages untill I can find a customer record. So mainly, I wish mozilla is multi-threads and my new sparc could make this very application (mozilla) go faster. A) is U2 with dual 400Mhz fast enough for me? B) how about U60 with dual CPU? I don't want to buy anything too fast, I always have other better way to spend my money:) And Gary Nichols wrote:
> 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!
> 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.
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