January 22nd, 2003

penrose orange

Fun, fun, fun in the Sun, Sun, Sun

As I arrived at work this morning, I saw a van parked outside, with a man unloading cardboard boxes and taking them into the building. The Suns had arrived! Somehow, I managed to restrain myself from emitting squeals of enthusiasm that would have put Selphie to shame.

We started unpacking them straight away. They're reconditioned, not brand-new, so they're a bit grubby, but no more so than the other machines in the office.

Each of the three computers came with a keyboard and a mouse. Examining the keyboards gave me my first "this is almost too good to be true" moment of the year: to my delight, I discovered that one of them was a Unix-layout Type 5.

The mother of all keyboards. The keyboard to end all keyboards.

This is when my restraint broke down. I squealed "I'm having that one!" and ran off with it.

(Yes, I can get that excited about a keyboard. No, I don't have a girlfriend).

After a bit of discussion, Matt and I decided which Sun would be mine, which would be his, and which would be the company web server. I am now the proud "owner" (it's not really mine, of course, it's the company's, but I do get rather attached to these things) of "theia", a Sun Ultra 5 workstation with a 360MHz UltraSPARC processor, 256MB of RAM, and the aforementioned Unix-layout Type 5 keyboard.

All three units came with Solaris 9 preinstalled. However, the disk partitioning was a mess, so we wiped the disks and reinstalled the OSes. Compared with the average Linux distribution, Solaris takes aaaaaaages to install. In use, Solaris feels a lot like Linux (as well it should), but the configuration is sufficiently different that there's plenty of stuff to learn. Which is good.

I can't use theia as my regular workstation yet. because it needs a lot of fiddling (software to install, settings to tweak, etc.), and I don't have the time to do that at the moment. We've got too much work to do. I'll have to wait until things quieten down a bit.