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Re: Getting involved with ultrasparc port (possibly)

> Greetings, ultrasparc developers ;-)
> I'm looking into buying my next home computer (my P75 is getting old, and I 
> decided not to go with netwinder for now), and considering I'd like to help 
> with one of debian ports, UltraSparc is an option.  I remember hearing that 
> Kachinatech was going to sell Ultrasparcs at a discount for debian developers. 
> I'd like to know what that discount would be .  I'd like to have a computer 
> for under $3000, is that possible?  Alternatively, can I get a used ultrasparc 

Yes. THis is the basic kit that we can provide to Debian developers:

UltraSPARC IIi 270MHz with 256KB E-cache
4.3GB Ultra-Wide SCSI-3 Hard Disk
ATI 3-D Charger 4MB PCI Video*
Mid-Tower 7-bay ATX tower
TEAC 3.5" Floppy Diskette
Keytronic PS/2 Keyboard
Logitec MouseMan PS/2 Mouse
Onboard Ethernet 10/100-BaseT
----------------------------All for $2,500 for selected Debian developers

Adding a 17" trinitron monitor and upgrade to 64MB ram will still keep the
price under $3,000. 

> somewhere for that price?  Please note I haven't looked at the prices yet, so 
> I have no idea how realistic my ideas are :).

Nils has put a more complete list for that but I held it since I am under
discussion with an SME manager begging him to provide some help to our
developers. Right now AXi boards are on allocation bases. I said to we will
have more than ten (10) developers need these systems badly. 

Now I do not know how many developers will be really interested if we can
get that basic configuration down to $2,200 or even $2,000? Hope everyone
on this list send me your vote.

> I've been with Debian for about 2 years, and have been a developer almost that 
> long.  I like to think I know a lot about debian packaging and all the nuances 
> that come with it, although I haven't tried hacking dpkg yet (that seems to be 
> the ultimate feat that noone ever comes back from).    If ultrasparc is my 
> primary computer, I will be sure to help the ultrasparc port a lot, because I 
> would want everything to work right ;-).  This is in part the reason I want to 
> buy it.

Since this kind of system includes significant contribution from us (Kachina
Tech) we want to make sure you will work on our Debian/UltraLinux project,
although we do not need to sign any contract/agreement for that since we cannot
track you down anyway. :-)
> So how about that cheap ultrasparc for me? ;-)

We are here willing to do anything that we can to push this project going. 



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