Things are coming together (at least in geekdom they are). The 256MB of ram I bought on ebay is now installed in my sun Ultra 5. I also found a 15 gig hard drive that used to be in my TIVO and dropped that into the box. The extra 256 meg really made a difference and Solaris is almost usable now. I have a dual port ethernet card coming some time this week that will hopefully work in my firewall. If it does then I will have an outside, dmz and inside segment in my appartment. The wrieless box and the sun box are going into the DMZ. The sun box is currently running an ftp server. Once I am done it will have a web server, maybe dns, email server and a Real media server on it. I should proably run a dhcp server for the wireless network.
You might be asking your self why? my answer why not. Seriously the sun box is a learning tool. I seem to spend a large amount of time googling newsgroups looking for answers on how to do something. At a high level it is very similar to linux. At a low level it is all very different. It took me 30 mins reading to work out how to partition, format and mount the new hard drive.
New media mini-itx I bought is a bit of a let down. The latest alsa sound drivers give a lot of static when playing music but the ones that come with Suse 8.1 seem to work well, but the kernel that comes with Suse doesn’t have the support for hard disk controller so I can’t use DMA (aka fast hard disk transfers) which means I can’t play DVD’s on it. So I guess i will have to wait a little bit until the drivers get sorted out. Right now it can play MP3’s display pictures on the TV and play internet radio streams so it is doing almost everything I wanted it to do.
If you use KDE try dropping a CD in to the drive and starting Konqueror and typing in audiocd:/ This is cool. It lets you rip cd’s by dragging and dopping folders. There are no draft limits on the encoding quality which beats paying for realplayer and or an upgrade to a non bastardised version XP.
I am also for kicks trying to compile KDE for my sun box. I have been trying on and off for 2 weeks I still haven’t got it all working but I learned some stuff on the way and i am getting closer. I now have arts and kdelibs and i am working on kdebase. After that everything else should be easy.

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