To my great surprise, latest (and last, RIP SXCE) OpenSolaris runs (well, glaciates) on an Ultra 10. Considering that the Ultra 10 was first sold in 1999, and sold last in 2002, we are talking about 8 year old system.
U10s were clunkers even in their prime, since they were IDE based, had issues with large IDE disks, and IDE interrupts were really killing the performance of the systems. At the time, trick was to install a SCSI controller into U10, and shoehorn in a SCSI OS disk, and once the OS was installed to unplug all the IDE devices, including CD-Rom drive. Then the performance of the system would pick up, and it would do decent I/O too.
I guess this is one more testament to both reliability and future-proofiness of Sun hardware.
So yes, I am shedding a tear for Sun.
I put this system together to use it for some network archeology, and dig at some of the old 4 and 9 gig SCSI disks, and see if there is something on them worth saving before I ditch them. With the costs of 1TB SATA disks dropping below $90 range, I decided to go through and ditch about 40 SCSI disks that are sitting on various shelves at my place. I suspect that the only two systems I will leave for hysterical raisins would be an old Enterprise 4000 with eight 400Mhz CPUs, and an old Ultra 60. Everything else will be copied over, and eventually trashed.
And yes, I feel both nostalgic and sad.
bash-4.0# date -u
Fri Jan 22 21:32:29 GMT 2010
bash-4.0# uname -a
SunOS plamya 5.11 snv_130 sun4u sparc SUNW,Ultra-5_10
bash-4.0# cat /etc/release
Solaris Express Community Edition snv_130 SPARC
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