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Re: G5 Xserver or Sun Blade 1500

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On Thursday 29 January 2004 08:45 am, Angel wrote:
> I am a newbee in the workstation /server world.
> I am going to buy hardware to do biological modelling involving data
> input/output, R programming (an statistical language) and a few
> graphics visualization (some GIS).
> I would prefer to run debian on whatever I buy.
> I have some :)) money for this project (ca.4500 euros) and I am 
> unable to decide myself what would be the best solution: an apple
> Xserver dual G5 2GHz or an Sun Blade 1500 Worksation.
> Both are the same price but. Here are the specs of each:
> ----------------
> Sun Blade 1500 Workstation
> 1 1-GHz UltraSPARC IIIi Processor
> 1-MB On-Chip L2 Cache
> Sun XVR-600 Graphics Accelerator
> 1-GB Memory
> 1 80-GB 7200 RPM IDE Disk Drive
> 1 10/100/1000 BaseT Ethernet Port
> 7 USB Ports
> 2 IEEE 1394 Ports
> 2 Serial Ports
> 1 Parallel Port
> 5 PCI Slots
> 16x DVD-ROM Drive
> Smart Card Reader
> Solaris 8 HW 5/03 Operating System Pre-Installed
> ----------------
> Xserver G5
> Dual 2GHz PowerPC G5
>  1GB DDR400 ECC SDRAM - 2x512
>  80GB ADM (1x80GB Serial ATA)
>  Mac OS X Server, Unlimited License
> ----------------
> Which are the cons and pros of each setup?
> As far as I understand the Xserver would be more easy to upgrade and
> better for databases and the blade system more powerful, particularly
> for the graphics (which are not the main difficulty of my project).
> Is this correct or does the higher Hz of the Dual G5 mean it is much
> faster than the UlraSparc????
> Thanks,
> Angel

You might want to check to see if/how well Debian PPC suports the G5, or 
the Sparc. I think there are Debian lists/archives for both arch's. 
- -- 
Greg Madden
Debian GNU/Linux
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