By chhandomay on Jun 05, 2007
On the heels of the great InfoWorld Sun Ultra 40 M2 workstation review, another very positive Sun Ultra 20 M2 workstation review by ComputerWorld columnist Martin MC Brown has appeared in the Free Software Magazine today. The review takes an extensive look at the Ultra 20, highlighting features and performance on Solaris, Red Hat, Suse and Windows platforms.
MC first highlights the clean design of the workstation, both inside and out. He also calls out the open internal design as a key factor in keeping air flow circulating and the machine quiet during normal use.
In OS support, MC highlights Solaris 10 as the best option for the workstation as it comes with the benefits of Solaris such as Containers and improved network performance. However, he is also impressed with the performance and support for both the Red Hat and Suse Linux platforms, as well as Windows. He states, "The ability to run Windows, especially as a dual- or multi-boot system with your other OS of choice is a big advantage." Performance testing on all operating systems showed little variant between them and overall was very quick compared to other workstations.
Finally, MC wraps up his findings by saying: "Sun have managed to produce a very good machine in the Ultra 20 M2. It’s fast and capable, and has a good range of hardware ports and support. As a full 64-bit workstation it is hard to fault, especially when you consider that prices start just US$845 for a basic dual-core model."