486 upgrade experiences requested

486 upgrade experiences requested

Post by Jon LaBad » Mon, 30 Oct 1995 03:00:00

I've a pentium running Solaris 2.4 and another system
running a version of SVR4.0.  The latter is a 486/33
on an EISA motherboard, an AMI Enterprise II.

I'm considering upgrading the cpu on the latter system.
I'd like to hear experiences others have had doing the
same.  Also to switching OS's to Solaris along with
the cpu upgrade.

About two months ago I was told my system would only
support an upgrade to a 486/66 DX2.  But since then,
I've seen ads for pentium cpu's for 486 systems.
Any idea/experience if these are feasible for me?


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1. Unix close for 486 - commens requested

Hi.  I am looking for comments about using 80486 PCs as Unix boxes.
Before the flame throwers come out, here is the reason:  I am in an
acedemic environment that runs a large amount of simulations.  Rather
than have a $40K workstation run 10 simulations, it would be faster to
run the simulations on 10 80486 PCs (and more reliable).

To achieve this, there are some functions that are necessary:
- Transparent NFS.  Should be able to access files on the PC just like
any other NFS connected workstation.
- Use gcc or g++ compiler, and other GNUish tools.  If it came with
its own compiler even better.
- Remote login capabilities, so that users could remotely login and
start batch simulation jobs.

To be perfectly honest, I don't know what this means in terms of
kernel capabilities:  Is TCP/IP networking necessary? ...... If you
could provide some comments about this, please do.

This brings us to the question of hardware - what are typical
requirements for Unix (clones+) for 80486 platforms?  Your experience
is invaluable.

I will summarize the comments and repost.

Thank you for your time.

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