Re: Which Sparc is best?
On Tue, 23 Jul 2002, Craig Morehouse wrote:
> On Tue, 23 Jul 2002 22:54:48 -0400, Ben Collins wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 23, 2002 at 06:46:56PM -0400, Craig Morehouse wrote:
> >> I'm new to Debian, but am going to be buying 30 workstations for a new
> >> operation, and I'd like to use Sun hardware running 3.0 Woody.
> >> Question, which Sun box has proven to be REALLY good and solid with
> >> Debian? Are the Ultra 2's better than Ultra 5's or 10's, or vice versa?
> >> Should I build a bunch os SS20's with 4 cpus, or should I get the
> >> latest Blade?
> > For the most tested and stable machines, go with an UltraSPARC. I'd
> > suggest one of two types of systems.
> > 1) The early IDE line. E.g. Ultra 5 or 10. The reason being that the
> > machines are cheap to maintain and offer decent performance.
> > 2) PCI SCSI based systems. E.g. Ultra 2, 30, 60. If you're interested in
> > SMP based systems, the 2 and 60 are the way to go. Debian's primary
> > archive (aka ftp-master, aka auric) is an Ultra60 with dual 450mhz
> > cpu's, 1.5 gigs of ram and a ~240gig raid5
For what it's worth, my experience with Linux (Debian & SuSE) on an
Ultra10 suggests that if you are going to stress the disk much at all,
on such a system, you will want to use one of your expansion slots
for a SCSI card. Others will have better information, though.
> Thanks, Ben.
> We had some early Blades last year, and I really thought that a dual CPU
> Ultra2 was a better box.
> Does Debian install nicely on the Ultra 5's and 10's? As you said, there are plenty
> of 10's around at nice prices.
> Another question... Are there any Package disadvantages in using a Sparc
> over an Intel box using Debian? Is the same range of Debian software available
> for all CPU's?
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