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Re: Debian on a Sun Ultra 5

Please reply to the list rather than to me personally - I do read the
posts and it allows others to benefit from your wisdom.

>> The IDE limitation is 120GB (ish) - however, this does not mean it
>> wouldn't be a useful backup box - stick a USB card in, very cheap
>> these days, and attach an external drive.
> This is not fast ...

I never said it would be fast, I was attempting to provide an alternative
to the 120GB limit with the internal IDE. I personally use an internal
SCSI card with 72GB, 15k drives for storage - quick, not the cheapest but
works "out of the box".

>> Or pick up a cheap SCSI card - about £20 from eBay and one of the 7
>> or 12 slot external enclosures and have yourself a nice RAID backup :-)
> This is not cheap ... (unless You have already some old SCSI drives, but
> those are also not fast )

The old SCSI drives are probably going to be faster than the internal IDE
- the U5's IDE subsystem is terribly slow.

>> The Ultra 5's (and 10's) still make remarkable good workhorses in
>> these days of multi-core, multi-gigahertz machines .... they make
>> wonderful development boxes too...
> To my knowledge, the fastest and cheapest solution for an U5 is:
> By a cheap SATA card ~30 EUR with two slots, the SATA drives have
> usually similar prices to PATA for sizes up to ~200 Gig. Above SATA is
> even cheaper than PATA (as far as I've seen). There are also SATA cards
> for more than two HDD's, but those are more expensive too - don't know
> the prices ...
> I use it primarily as a server for home video files ('few hundred gigs')
> from my satellite and cable receiver.

That would probably be cheaper, and fairly quick - does OBP recognise the
SATA controllers as bootable devices?
I haven't played with SATA so have limited knowledge in that area - SCSI
is my "thing". :-)

It all depends on what the OP wants to use the box for - I believe that's
the question he was asking....as a developer I see some good potential in
the little U5's, and 10's - a [333/440]/1GB U5/10 still makes a bloody
good development workstation....quick enough for most tasks.



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