Was Ultrix for DECstations -- now SunOS for Sparc2
Zane H. Healy
healyzh at aracnet.com
Sun Nov 13 14:29:47 CST 2005
At 2:17 PM -0500 11/13/05, Bill Pechter wrote:
>If you've got the Sparc2 box like an IPX, SLC, ELC or Sparcstation 2
>(I've got some with the Sparc-up upgrade) you really don't do too
>well on Solaris 2.x...
>SunOS 4.1.4 with the y2k patches and the updated tcp wrappers and
>portmapper is secure enough and works well.
Ah, SunOS 4.1.4, if I had a use for such a system, I'd be tempted, I
did like SunOS! Though realistically, unless I needed SunOS for some
specific reason, I'd simply load OpenBSD on the system.
>I've been pretty pleased with the reliability of the older Sun Stuff.
>I also have an UltraSparc 1E /170 and an Ultra5 that work well.
I still have a Sun Sparc 10 in production at work, and had a Sparc 2
in production until a few months ago as the standby system. Sadly
sometime next year, I'm supposed to replace the 10 with a newer
system, and retire it.
I've also got some Ultra 2's running Solaris 2.6 and 8 that are still
in production, though the ones running 2.6 will hopefully be retired
>I'd love to get some more ethernet ports on the ultra's and make
>them firewalls under Solaris or Linux. The old Spar2 stuff,
>unfortunately, doesn't hold enough ram in the box to run the newer
>Solaris 7 (2.7) stuff.
Use OpenBSD, it's seriously lightweight, you could even use a Sparc 2
for a firewall, and have plenty of RAM free as long as you've got at
least 64MB (I'm lucky enough to have 96MB in my Sparc 2). I ran a
Sparc 5 with a quad card as a firewall for a few years using OpenBSD,
and it's still there for emergency use, just waiting to be turned
>I still would like to have an Ultrix drive in my Vaxstation along
>with a VAX/VMS 5 and OpenVMS 7.2...
I'd personally like to have an early version of Ultrix (V1 or V2) as
well as VAX/VMS 4.x for one of my MicroVAX II's. But then that would
just be to play, as there is no way I'm using a MicroVAX II for
serious work (though I do have a MicroVAX III that is built for
specific job). The MicroVAX III actually had some version of VAX/VMS
4 on it when I got it, but the RD53 died before I could run a backup
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