OpenSolaris on a 600Mhz Dell GX1
By bnitz on Sep 27, 2005
They said it couldn't be done! Somewhere around build 21 of Nevada when we switched to a grub-based boot loader, something broke with these older Dells. But the problem was solved by build 23. I'm entering this from JDS3 on Build 23 of Solaris Nevada, on a rather dated piece of X86 hardware:
# psrinfo -v Status of virtual processor 0 as of: 09/27/2005 17:26:20 on-line since 09/27/2005 15:43:53. The i386 processor operates at 600 MHz, and has an i387 compatible floating point processor. # uname -a SunOS greystar 5.11 snv_23 i86pc i386 i86pcIt isn't the snappiest machine I've ever used, but it isn't bad, at least until I can save up the $895 or so (don't we all hate the E.U. markup on _all_ techie hardware?) one of these.
Update: Here is a description of an experiment to reduce the memory requirements of this part of the boot process.