[self-interest] Re: Hardware for Self

Douglas Atique datique at zaz.com.br
Thu Sep 16 02:09:44 UTC 1999

Hello, Jerry.
Let's see if I can help. I have the same problem as you, I want to run Self but I don't have and can't afford a SPARC by myself. As many people here, I have thought about porting Self myself. It is very difficult though, so let's go back to the SPARC. I think there
is some specification about what machine to use in the Self home page (can someone point this more exactly, please?). It's something about 48MB RAM and a GX video card... well, you will be able to find it somewhere. About the X servers, I would recommend Linux
boxes, as I have found only one free X server for Windows, and it is not very good.
I have considered buying an UltraSPARC 10 with PCI and IDE controllers, no SCSI at all, and it costs in Brazil no less than US$12,000!!! Not bad, huh? So I wish you luck, but I hope someone can find a cheaper way before long...

jdbell at fareselaw.com wrote:

> I want to play with Self a little.  From what I can tell the only fully functional version is the original Sun Sparc version which can be found on the Sun web site.  Unfortunately, I don't have a Sun.  So, I'd like to buy a used machine which would run Self well.
> I don't know much about Sun machines - what hardware specs would you suggest? I haven't found anything about memory reqs etc other than the supported OS versions.  Also, will Solaris 2.6 or Solaris 7 work?
> I basically just want to explore the system, and I'd really like to play with the multi-user aspects as well.  Maybe a system that would support 4 simultaneous users well?
> As I understand it, the users would be using X, so they could be on Linux or NT or whatever, right?  Intel boxes I have.
> I'm kinda counting on the assumption that the nice Self workstation of 1996 will be the inexpensive used box of today, since I'm on a bit of a budget... and of course I would be interested to hear if anyone is interested in selling a Self-class box.
> Thanks,
> Jerry Bell
> jdbell at fareselaw.com
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