Subject: Re: Sun Ultra 5 UltraSPARC systems for $1,995
To: None <port-sparc@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Greg Earle <earle@isolar.DynDNS.ORG>
List: port-sparc
Date: 10/06/1999 13:49:56
Um.  The 360 MHz UltraSPARC IIi Ultra 5's were already $1,795.

The $1,995 systems are the 333 MHz UltraSPARC IIi-based Ultra 5+'s.
(They're the ones with 2 MB of Level-2 cache, vs. 256 Kb in the 360 MHz boxes.)

They now come with PGX24 graphics, so I'm not sure why says
"256 color display", nor why Greywolf says "Default framebuffer appears to be
the equivalent of a 1280x1024 cgsix."

I never thought I'd say this - as a person who's worked almost exclusively on
Suns for the past 16 years, plus 5 years working for Sun ... and wishing for
an "affordable" Sun during most of that time - but to me this is a big yawn.

From a NetBSD perspective, buying solid hardware with good bang for the buck
and with good OS support seems key.  If I want bang for the buck, I'd go with
a PC.  If I want good hardware, I get a Blue&White G3 Mac with more bang
for the buck (or a G4/400 at $1499, if NetBSD/MacPPC supported it) than a
SPARCstation or Ultra.  The fact is, PCs and Macs caught up to Sun desktops
and passed them already.  Sad but true.

	- Greg