for dutch FreeBSD hackers wanting to get SUN hardware
paul.murphy at cogeco.ca
Fri Jun 11 11:15:16 GMT 2004
On Fri, 11 Jun 2004 06:31:39 -0400 (EDT)
Daniel Eischen <eischen at vigrid.com> wrote:
> On Fri, 11 Jun 2004, Brad Knowles wrote:
> > At 6:00 AM -0400 2004-06-11, Paul Murphy wrote:
> > > I almost bought a Sun workstation a a computer show but could
> > > not see
> > > if a regular (PC) monitor would plug in to a Sun. They were
> > > selling Sun monitors at the table but they were more than I was
> > > willing to spend on'experimental' computer equipment.
> > >
> > > So my question is: will PC peripherals attach to a Sun box?
> > Depends on the box. For UltraSPARC 5s, the answer is most
> > definitely yes -- Sun built them with mostly standard PC components,
> > including VGA output, PCI card slots, IDE hard drives & CD-ROM
> > drives, DIMM slots, PS/2 keyboard & mouse connectors, etc.... About
> > the only non-PC standard component was the CPU.
> You can get adapters that convert from vga to sun video, and
> from sun keyboard/mouse to PS/2 keyboard mouse. Raritan
> (www.raritan.com) makes them, and can probably get cheaper
> alternatives elsewhere.
(Note: Sylpheed crashed when I sent my last reply so if this a
duplicate I beg your pardon)
I am glad now that I thought twice about buying the Sun box. I was
definitely and older (used) machine. With these comments in mind I will
be seriously temped to buy one at the next Compufest just for the fun of
getting FreeBSD up an running.
Cogeco ergo sum
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