> >> Hi All,
> >> I played with Solaris IA for a month and want to study more.
> >> Objectives: certification and get a junior position related to Solaris.
> >> I was recommended to buy Ultra 60 on e-Bay, since the prices are beaten
> >> so badly. Wouldn't it be an overkill for a newbie? I was told that at
> >> the current price levels it would serve me for a year, and I could
> >> probably sell it at a small loss.
> >> I think, I am doing OK with x86 so far, but I was told that I will need
> >> some software that is not ported to IA.
> >> Thank you in advance.
> > I think an Ultra60 for a new comer is over killed. Especially for someone
> > who is from the Intel platform whom are more likely to fool around with
> > the hardware settings.
> > I think, a used Ultra5, Ultra10, Ultra1 or SundBlade 100 are better fit.
> > SunBlade 100 and Ultra5 are pretty much "PC" with SPARC processors
> > and you can easily fool around with -- ie. upgrading hard drive, memory,
> > etc...
> Don't forget the Ultra2. Lots of them are sold on ebay these days.
> I'd advise stay away from U5 and U10. Granted, a PCI based machine is
> probably better if you want to connect a VGA monitor to it.
I did intentionally left out Ultra2. The reason is being that, Ultra2,
Ultra80, ... are using CPU modules that requires "special" cooling -- the CPU
is mounted on the chase and sock the air out from the other end of the CPU
If you open the system case/cover while the power is on. You will have a HUGE
problem -- it does not take long (a few minutes) to burned out your processors
to insufficient cooling!
If you popped in a CPU module without that U-shape plastic casing, you are
With Ultra1, Ultra5, Ultra10 and SunBlade 100, you don't have any of these
Especially iwht SunBlade 100, the CPU not even hot while the system is
Besides, it take "standard" PC components.