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Old 09-27-2002, 03:40 PM   #1
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Looking to build a nice Linux box


As you can tell from my sig, I don't have a box I can run Linux on as a desktop. I've gotten some new hardware for my main box and now I'm close to another nice computer. Here is what I'm looking at right now:

CPU - 1ghz Thunderbird (have)
MB - ASUS A7N266 (need)
RAM - 256MB DDR (have)
Video - Intergrated in MB
Sound - Intergrated in MB
NIC - Intergrated in MB
Case - Generic (have)
HHD - 20GB WD (have)

Does anyone see anything wrong with this setup for RedHat 8.0? Will the nForce board give me any driver issues or anything? Suggestions welcome.
 
Old 09-27-2002, 03:51 PM   #2
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Suck it and see. If it installs, Yay. If it doesn't work, compose a strongly worded email to your hardware providers cautioning them that if they don't release their drivers they risk locking out potential cutomers.

What more can you say. RedHat are spearheading the 'linux as a desktop' effort. If it isn't included in redhat's hardware compatibility lists, ask questions.

You say that the sounf and video are onboard? Who made your MOBO? (VIA?)

Bert
 
Old 09-27-2002, 04:27 PM   #3
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Suck it and see. If it installs, Yay. If it doesn't work, compose a strongly worded email to your hardware providers cautioning them that if they don't release their drivers they risk locking out potential cutomers.

What more can you say. RedHat are spearheading the 'linux as a desktop' effort. If it isn't included in redhat's hardware compatibility lists, ask questions.

You say that the sounf and video are onboard? Who made your MOBO? (VIA?)

Bert
Did you read the thread? I'm looking at buying an ASUS A7N266 to complete another system. A system which I'd use to run RedHat 8.0 as a desktop. I'm curious if anyone uses this MB now and if anyone has heard of problems with it under Linux. Why in the hell would I buy a new motherboard to "suck it and see"? I'd like to know in advance if it works in the situation I'm planning it for. :smacks head:
 
Old 09-27-2002, 04:37 PM   #4
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Redhat 8.0 might support your system.

Of course, it hasn't been released yet. Maybe they'll inculde the drivers which will support your hardware, maybe they won't. The nest release will be redhat 7.4. You're talking about 3 years time. at least!

Sorry, I don't work for Intel or VIA or Transmeta.

My crystal ball is on strike too.

Bert
 
Old 09-27-2002, 04:39 PM   #5
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Redhat 8.0 might support your system.

Of course, it hasn't been released yet. Maybe they'll inculde the drivers which will support your hardware, maybe they won't. The nest release will be redhat 7.4. You're talking about 3 years time. at least!

Sorry, I don't work for Intel or VIA or Transmeta.

My crystal ball is on strike too.

Bert
Please, tell me you're joking. RedHat 8.0 is set to release on the 30th of this month.
 
Old 09-27-2002, 04:49 PM   #6
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Oh. OK, maybe version 8.0 is due to release later this month.

It won't make a jot of difference it the kernel version doesn't support your hardware.

In short, what I'm saying is this: Redhat version 10 could be released tomorrow. It's not important. What's important is the current kernel version support for your hardware. For example if you had USB mass storage devices, you were out of luck unless you upgraded to kernel version 2.4.8.

Think of Sun's Java 2 (actually Java 1.3). Not much different but incrementing the version number for marketing purposes sells more software.

The linux kernel follows a very strict version numbering system.

Find out whether the current version supports your hardware. I'm not contesting your knowledge of redhat releases. I'm just saying that it's easy to dress stuff up.

Bert
 
Old 09-27-2002, 05:03 PM   #7
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I think you're missing the point. I completely understand that hardware support is dependent on the kernel. My question is if anyone is using this motherboard, or a motherboard with the same chipset in a current Linux box. If so, this would obviously tell me if the board I'm looking at is going to be supported in RH8 (since the current kernel would already support it). I'm not looking for people to reply that don't have this board or know someone that does. Get it?
 
Old 09-27-2002, 05:12 PM   #8
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OK.

My patience is frayed now.

A brief search on http://www.google.com/linux reveals that current versions of redhat support your system . Now, version 8.0 of redhat is not released yet. My crystal ball is not working and unless you work for redhat, neither is yours.

Sorry, but searching first is essential before asking here.

I hope this helps. Basically, you're fine. But still, suck it and see.

Bert
 
Old 09-27-2002, 06:46 PM   #9
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I don't see how people expect good, honest answers to their questions when they are completely rude to the first person who tries to help them out.
 
Old 09-27-2002, 06:51 PM   #10
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I don't see how people expect good, honest answers to their questions when they are completely rude to the first person who tries to help them out.
His reply seemed like he didn't even read the thread. Also, why would someone buy a motherboard and just try it out like he said? I would expect someone to make the same reply to me if I just starting typing about what I thought the thread was about.
 
Old 09-27-2002, 07:01 PM   #11
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Hi, no need to bicker. I see this all too often. No worries if someone didn't provide the answer you like, you can either reply and say, thanks for the info, but not quite what I was looking for; OR you can just wait it out for the response you were.

It's not worth getting upset about. If someone stops in and said, Of course you can run linux on that setup, and was wrong, would that be any better of answer? Nope, but it wouldn't be argued against until long after you dropped the cash.

As for that setup, well you might wanna find out the chipset, although I doubt you'll see alot of problems unless it's the "latest and greatest" in their lineup. As for the Nforce, I've seen other posts with success, so I don't think it could be too bad, and if it is, you could always post your issues in the Hardware section, and the guru's over there could probably suss them out with you.

Cool
 
Old 09-27-2002, 07:09 PM   #12
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I have a confession. You're dead right, AMDPwred. I didn't read your post really. Most hardware uses generic firmware, so there's really no need to be concerned with details. There are a few cases where things might not be supported, but your hardware is nothing unusual, as the link confirms.

I didn't take offence at all. It's natural that people are concerned about whether hardware works with linux.

I remember back in the old days exchanging many emails with redhat about my hardware - (an early IBM Thinkpad). The important issue is that it works and there's nothing stopping you installing on the system as you've presented it.

More power to us all.

Bert
 
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Old 09-27-2002, 07:34 PM   #14
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Actually come to think of it, I should have moved this to Hardware forum since its basically a hardware question ??? What you all think ?
 
Old 09-27-2002, 07:38 PM   #15
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Actually come to think of it, I should have moved this to Hardware forum since its basically a hardware question ??? What you all think ?
Good point.
 
  


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