This document has two intended audiences:
For the first group, I try to provide a sufficient amount of background information to understand the recommendations that follow. For the second, I offer my own evaluations and suggestions.
As I concentrate on practical issues, I neglect systems and other hardware worthy of primarily technical or historical interest. For specifications, historical perspectives, and other matters, see the resources at SunHELP.
Likewise, I ignore new products currently available from vendors; information on them is easily found on news groups and web sites.
Furthermore, I provide no specific pricing information; prices vary geographically and fluctuate too rapidly for me to track them here.
Finally, I express my thanks to Bill Bradford and SunHELP for kindly hosting this document.