I am lurking for some days on this list, facing some highly sophisticated
traffic about Suns...
Recently I got an interesting offer, a Sparc 5 with 2 SCSI (SCA) disks, 64 MB
RAM. It goes for about $ 100. So I browsed and read anything I could get on
websites and HOWTOs, but there are many elementary questions left.
Not knowing anything about the performance and setup of these systems I have
some trivial questions:
I plan to run Linux (Debian, Slackware). The Linux HOWTOs say that there are
dedicated distribution for Sparcs. Sounds obvious. Though applications have
to be compiled for Sparcs - is that right?
How is the performance of the SS5 (TI MicroSparc II 85 Mhz). The Specs talking
about 70 bogomips - thats not quite exciting compared to contemptorary
systems. But how does it perform with 'modern' software? KDE? Gimp?
How is the response of X11 over the sparcs graphic card? Annoying slow? Or are
you even able to use xine? I have really no idea at all..
And the audio chip CS4231 - are there drivers?
These Sun Stations are an old dream since I work with computers and now its
avalaible for such a little money. I hope theres somebody out there who can
shed light on this exotic machines...