>i've installed solaris 2.5 x86 on my 486-dx2 66mhz machine -
>with 32mb ram and 2gb hard disk space. it's got an eide
>controller; mitsumi 4x ide cd-rom. and it takes forever to
>boot up. i've run linux on the same machine, with far better
Is that the only problem you have - boot time? What about making a
coffee? You could try the performance monitoring tools described by
Adrian*roft in SunWorld Online which are free and useful. How does
the machine poerform once it's up? I'd like to upgrade my DX50 at home
Quote:>question - i'm thinking of putting solaris or linux on a
>pentium 166mhz machine w/2gb hardfile, 32mb or 48mb ram.
>how's does solaris perform on such a machine (compared
>to linux on the same machine, and to solaris 2.5 on a sparc 4)?
>how is solaris 2.5.1 in comparison.
I have Solaris 2.5x86 on a P100, 32Mb, Adaptec 2940 SCSI, 4Mb Diamond
Stealth Video VRAM. I administer some same specced machines that are
running Linux and yes they boot faster. I was cautious about Solaris
x86, but now much prefer it to Linux. The quality of the documentation
means less work for me, the CDE is very usable. I'm using SparcWorks
on a Sun for development and prefer it to gcc/g++ for usability. Sun
track the emerging C++ closely, as does g++. Performance on these
machines is excellent for software development. If you can afford the
cost of the software (as an academic site thats no problem for us) go
for Solaris x86
Quote:>i intend to use the machine for c++ and java development,
>as well as a web and mail server.