> > I am in the market for a new workstation. I have the option of choosing a
> > UltraSparc 1 with 64 mb of ram, solaris 2.5.1, 143 mhz processor, and the
> > turbo gx video card. Or I could go with a dell with dule ppro 200's, 96
> > mb of memory, and solaris 2.5.1 x86. Which would you go with and why?
Oooh. It's really not much of a contest. If you can afford a Sparc, go
it. I've got a 110Mhz Sparc 5 on my desk, and it'a gorgeous, compared to
Pentium 90 at home, which probably isn't that much slower, but it's so
different. Sparcs are almost hassle free. Support is excellent (guess
is a Sun Support tech ;), and it'll last a lot longer than a PC.
However, the PC's do have damn good hardware. Why ? They cut corners.
terms of hardware quality, and more importantly, software quality. A
PPro would wipe the floor with a 143Mhz Ultra, on CPU power alone. Sun
Disks, ram etc. are more expensive than PC disk and RAM, but it'll last
longer. It will work properly, first time. You have any problems, well
can get considerably better support from Sun or a Sun reseller, than you
from Gateway, Compaq or Dell. I came across a Sun4/330 last week, that
been running for 24 hours a day, since it was bought, and the hard drive
failed. We replaced it, and the machine was running again inside 4
Show me a PC that will be going strong after 7 years. One thing that
irks be about Sun is - they still ship many desktop models as standard
8 bit video cards. A 16-bit turboGX would be nice....sigh.
Also, if you are feeling adventurous, UltraPenguin (Linux) is availible
for Ultra now, and is damn fast, about 10% faster all round than
if still a tad unstable, compared to solaris 2.51.
Quote:> The PPros are nice, but let`s face it - most PCs are junk after 2 years.
Indeed. And, you get all those interesting problems in the meantime.
Say "IRQ conflict" and "Plug and Pray" everybody.
Quote:> I am sure you will get a lot more fun out of your ultra, and besides,
> it is a platform designed to run Solaris, whereas the PPro is
> really better suited for running the gates virus on.
It's a machine built by people who take pride in their work, and it
If you aren't convinced on the Ultra, have a look at Ross technology's
web site. They built their own Sparc systems, and have everything from
hypersparcs to a Sparc that fits into the 5.25" bay of a PC !
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