[vcf-midatlantic] help for Sun SPARCstation support

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Tue Sep 29 16:57:51 EDT 2020

On 9/29/20 4:35 PM, Herb Johnson via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> For some reason, I got a request for help from someone who is running 
> some Sun SPARC stuff on their day job; several systems for legacy 
> purposes. I don't "carry" much Sun stuff but my Web site does attract 
> eyeballs. The person tells me:
>>  Sparc5’s, Ultras, and Sparc Classics I’m trying to get functional. 
>> The problem I have with the Sparc5’s and Classics is I can’t get the 
>> software to install. The Ultra boxes I have can be upgraded to a 
>> Windows VM ... 
> So I looked around the Web as they did, and I didn't see much current 
> discussion about these systems. A decade ago there certainly was hobby 
> interest in the little Sun boxes, I had some myself. Today, not so much 
> - people I guess got them running or not and didn't need to say more 
> about them. Or went the VM route. Or of course lost interest when the 
> hardware died. I don't know - this is not my domain. "too new", he he.
> I told the person, look around vintage-computing sites and discussions 
> and stir something up. I mentioned this site and said I'd post some 
> inquiries. The request is something between hobby and professional; I'll 
> let those interested sort that out. The person didn't say but I think 
> they are in the Minnesota area.
> So: either post some response on the subject, show some general 
> interest, and/or contact me. I'll forward results to this person, or 
> they may see results if they read the maillist archive going forward.

   Myself, I don't really consider them to be particularly "vintage", 
but I do know a lot of people (myself included) that have SPARCstations 
around due to personal affinity.

   I have a great deal of experience with these systems, and I likely 
have the software he's looking for.  Feel free to put him in touch with me.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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