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Obsolyte - where the antique is elYte!  -  A Personal Retrospective of "Cool" Computing

Obsolete + "elYte!" = obsolYte!

This is my site dedicated to vintage computer hardware, classic systems, and especially workstations or 'mainframes' we lusted after when 'personal computers' were mere 8-bit clunkers.

Obsolyte.com is hosted on a Sparc IPX, running RedHat Linux 6.0 for Sparc (UltraLinux) and the Apache Web Server. This particular machine has 64 Megs of Ram and a 500 Meg HD. BogoMips = 79, which makes it just a bit faster than a 486/66 PC. Truly obsolete and yet, very cool!

This Sparc IPX also has a few modifications that I added, such as extra LED "status lights", and extra internal fans. The IPX is a very 'hackable' machine, with all kinds of modifications possible.

Tidbits & Other News

  • NOTE: All older "tidbits" have been moved to the NEWS PAGE.
  • Suns At Home -- June 1st 2006 -- A mailing list for people who use their SUN equipment at home. JOIN!!!

  • OBSOLETE -- September 16th 2004 -- The "obsolete" website is 99% SGI Info and it's all good stuff. From the Octane to the really antique Personal Iris, it's got good detailed information regarding the hardware, and lots of good pictures. Defintely worth exploring!

  • Sun 3 Zoo -- September 16th 2004 -- Peter's Sun 3 Zoo is a great archive of relevant material relating to the old "Sun 3" series (Motorola 68020 and 68030 CPU'ed Sun Systems), and it's available in English or German. Most of it relates to keeping a bunch of these old machines going (the zoo). Defintely worth checking out, the number of Sun 3 sites that still exist these days is growing smaller all the time.

Vintage UNIX Workstations and Servers

Sun Microsystems Logo

Sun Microsystems


Silicon Graphics Logo

Silicon Graphics

Sun3 Series & Sun 3/160 in particular
Sun 3/80 Workstation
Sun Sparc IPC
Sun Sparc IPX
Sun SparcStation 2
Sun Sparc LX & Classic
Sun SparcStation 5
Sun SparcStation 10 / Axil 311
The Old Suns Picture Archive
Sun FAQs and Information in general


SGI Personal Iris 4D/20
SGI Iris Indigo R4000
SGI Indy
SGI Indigo2 R4400
SGI FAQs and Information in general

Reputable Systems - Sells used SGI workstations
NeXT Logo

NeXT Computers


Digital Equipment Corp. Logo

Digital Equipment

NeXT Monochrome Slab
NeXT Turbo Color Slab


DEC MicroVax 2000
DEC UDB/Multia (Alpha based system)
DEC Links and Info

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