Subject: Re: Sun i386?
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From: - Greg Earle <earle@isolar.Tujunga.CA.US>
List: current-users
Date: 04/21/1994 01:11:12
>>> I have often thought about the possibility of doing a _REAL_ port to the 
>>> 386i.  From what I can tell, it would involve doing mostly some bus 
>>> stuff.  Not to mention, we have a few laying around turned off ...
>> I would be interested working on a port to the Sun386i, though it
>> would be a while before I could put time into it.  Let me know if
>> you decide to get started on it.
>> It would be more interesting if the machine wasn't such a dog.
>> I wonder, could one repace the CPU with a 386-40/DX2 (one of
>> those clock doubler chips)?  Hmmm ...
>Hmmm ... interesting, but I doubt it ...

If someone came up to you and said "Hey, I've got this really neat machine!
It's a 386/16!  I've even got a 386/25!!!  Wanna have it?", what would you
say?  Probably "Get real - a 386/25?  That's slower than a dog, and I can
get a 486DX/33 that'll run rings around it for < $1000" (or somesuch).  Right?

Well, "386/16" is a Sun386i/150.  "386/25" is a Sun386i/250.  Don't waste your
time.  They're slower than a dog and only worth keeping as a floor heater or a
doorstop.  (Heck, at JPL we're throwing out SGI 4D/20 Personal Iris's at this
point ... )

Now the Sun486i, that might have been interesting.  I got an e-mail from a guy
at Sun (while I still worked for Sun, that is) saying that he had one of the
Beta units in his garage back East (Mass.), and did I want it?  His wife wanted
him to make some space in the garage :-)  (I would've, but I would have had to
run SunOS 4.0.3i beta - which never came to light - and by then, the
SPARCstation-1 was already out, and it ran rings around the Sun386i ... )

	- Greg