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Your going to have stability and performance. Though I would highly recommend at least 500mhz with 128 MB of ram or higher on either for the best performance.
The one thing about Solaris is that it is a beast though from what I've dealt with. With a GUI it can seem a bit slower than lets say Linux or Windows on a Intel machine but it can be very solid though.
To me though, Sun works best on its own Sun architecture, if you can somehow obtain a Sun Sparc or any other, you'd probably see better performance and such.
Solaris 7 had its problems on the Sparc platform because it was the release that transitioned from 32 to 64 bit code. Solaris 8 is very stable, and the performance is great once you tune it from the default install. A few IO tweaks in the startup scripts fix help quite a bit.
No, I don't work for them. But I purchased an Ultra30 (well, 3) from them and I've been EXTREMELY satisfied with what I got. Though you may want to add in a Solaris 9 package, because their install was a little wierd. But I highly recommend this if you want to learn the Solaris platform.
I needed the system for research. I was going to write a book on Solaris last year and needed this system for that purpose. The book deal fell through and now I just use it for training.
I have found it to be a decent system regardless. I was using my PC at home to run Solaris 8 and had so many issues with hardware compatibility. It is nice to not have to worry about that with the Ultra 5. It is also uses an IDE hard drive, so I can add more space to it without the $$$ associated with SCSI.
Don't buy into the myth that Solaris x86 isn't as fast or scalable as Solaris Sparc. I've used both extensively for 6 years now, including deploying several production sites on Solaris x86.
No, I don't deploy a terrabyte Oracle database on a 486, but if you apply common sense, you'll find Solaris x86 does an excellent job.
The reputation for poor performance comes from the fact that X is dog slow even on extremely fast hardware. Solaris isn't much of a workstation OS compared to Linux, but if you need a solid Java machine, it can't be beat, period.