From: Frank Peters (fwp@CC.MsState.Edu)
Date: Fri Jan 15 1993 - 22:23:46 CST

In article <> (Anthony Datri) says:
: >- LX has onboard ISDN support, IPX doesn't.
: I've yet to see a description of ISDN that doesn't make it look like nothing
: more than a bunch of serial ports.

Yup. And an ethernet tap is basically just a really fast modem link.

: >- LX has narrow/fast SCSI (max 10MB/sec), IPX has max 5MB/sec SCSI
: I'm skeptical that this matters in a workstation-class machine.

Depends upon what you're doing. There are many applications in which
disk io speed is critical and raw cpu speed is secondary. Don't assume
that everyone uses workstations for the same things you use them for.

: >- LX has 16bit (CD quality) sound, IPX has 8bit (phone quality) sound
: Complex sound on a workstation is little more than an affection.

I get the impression that you have an agenda. Again, it depends upon
what you do with the system.

: >- LX has GX+ framebuffer (supports double buffering), IPX has GX
: Unless the sunGX.o file that Sun gives MIT supports it, it's useless.

OW3 supports it. For most of Sun's customers that is sufficient.

Besides, when the sunGX.o file Sun gives MIT does support it, wouldn't
it be nice to have it?

: >- LX has onboard 10baseT tranceiver (but needs conversion cable
: > for AUI), IPX has only AUI (no conversion cable needed).
: Which means that I have to pay for the useless 10baseT tranceiver.

And others have to pay for the useless AUI potential.

Frank Peters  -  UNIX Systems Programmer  -  Mississippi State University
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