Re: Are Sunblade 1000s slow?
How do you install debian?
On Thu, 2 Oct 2003, Kent West wrote:
> I've typically run Debian on x86 hardware and on Mac G3/G4s, and love
> A couple of years ago I started dabbling with Sun machines, specifically
> Sunblade 100s running Solaris 8 (having never had any Sun/Solaris/other
> unix (other than Linux) experience before). Suffice it to say I was not
> impressed with Solaris. So last summer I put Debian on one of the
> Sunblade 100s for a week or two before it had to be converted back to
> Solaris. I didn't have long to play with it, but I liked Debian better
> than Solaris on the box. But that was last year, and I really don't have
> much memory of it (except that the nfs connection to a Sun server get
> hanging the box).
> This year, I've gotten the opportunity to put Debian on a Sunblade 1000
> (with 1GB RAM - whoo-hoo!). However, now that it's running Debian, it
> seems awfully sluggish. Of course, it seemed somewhat sluggish under
> Solaris 8 also, but I was hoping Debian would make a difference.
> However, Debian feels like it's running on a 200MHz Pentium II box. My
> 933MHz PIII feels like it runs circles around this Sunblade 1000.
> So are Sunblade 1000s just inherently slower than the average x86
> machines, or is there some tweak that I'm missing, or what? It seems
> slower in both console and X. Like for example, I'll do an "apt-get
> upgrade", and the downloading of the packages from the net seems about
> the same on the two architectures, but when apt starts unpacking and
> configuring the packages, it just seems slower on the Sun box. Another
> example is when I run "dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xfree86"; it just seems
> to take 15 or 20 seconds of "thinking" between the command and the
> appearance of the ncurses dialog on the Sun, whereas the same command on
> my PIII comes up almost instantly. Or when I copy and paste this email
> message into a nano session in an xterm window on the Sun box, it draws
> each line slow enough that I can almost read it as it's being pasted (to
> be fair, I'm a fast reader).
> Thanks for any insight!
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