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
> > decided not to go with netwinder for now), and considering I'd like to hel
> > with one of debian ports, UltraSparc is an option. I remember hearing tha
> > Kachinatech was going to sell Ultrasparcs at a discount for debian develop
> > I'd like to know what that discount would be . I'd like to have a compute
> > for under $3000, is that possible? Alternatively, can I get a used ultras
> Yes. THis is the basic kit that we can provide to Debian developers:
> UltraSPARC IIi 270MHz with 256KB E-cache
> 32MB ECC RAM
> 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,
> > 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
> > long. I like to think I know a lot about debian packaging and all the nua
> > 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
> 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?
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