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Re: Getting involved with ultrasparc port (possibly)

Some time around  Fri, 14 Aug 1998 01:31:15 MDT, 
         Ward Deng wrote:
 > > 
 > > 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 hel
 > p 
 > > with one of debian ports, UltraSparc is an option.  I remember hearing tha
 > t 
 > > Kachinatech was going to sell Ultrasparcs at a discount for debian develop
 > ers. 
 > > I'd like to know what that discount would be .  I'd like to have a compute
 > r 
 > > for under $3000, is that possible?  Alternatively, can I get a used ultras
 > parc 
 > 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. 

This sounds good.

 > > 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.

IF it goes down this low, I will definitely go for it.

 > > 
 > > 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 nua
 > nces 
 > > that come with it, although I haven't tried hacking dpkg yet (that seems t
 > o 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, becaus
 > e I 
 > > would want everything to work right ;-).  This is in part the reason I wan
 > t 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 can
 > not
 > track you down anyway. :-)

;-) Well, like I said I have no desire to work with Solaris, so I definitely 
do want to make Debian run perfectly on that UltraSparc I get.  I can 
certainly promise (as I implied above) that I will do my best to further 
debian port, and wouldn't even mind signing some kind of agreement if that was 

 > > 
 > > So how about that cheap ultrasparc for me? ;-)
 > We are here willing to do anything that we can to push this project going. 

Let me know when the ultrasparcs are available.

How has it been going so far btw?  I understand there is a remote box 
Kachinatech provides already where some work has been done already.  How far 
are we and can I get an account to play?

Proudly running Debian Linux! Linux vs. Windows is a no-Win situation....
Igor Grobman           igor@debian.org                 igor@igoria.net 

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