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It's more if Linux has the support for the motherboard components. Unless there is a radically new chipset, I wouldn't think there should be any problem. If you get a motherboard with a Socket 939 chipset, such as the ASRock AM2NF4G-SATA2 there should be no problem.
Anyway, most new hardware stuff has been merged into the 2.6.17 kernel and if its not there will be soon - development for hardware support is usually very fast
I only found that they are expecting a smooth transition, but there's not a whole lot of experience so far. There's no doubt that everything will be running smooth in the near future, but I don't know if it works right now.
just wanted to say thanks as I've been pondering over the same questions for some time now.
Looks like it's nForce 5 for me as well.
On a side node: The Socket AM2 is not a radically new architecture. Due to the HyperTransport connection no new chipset would be needed. The socket transition was made to prevent someone using an Athlon with a DDR2 memory controller in combination with normal DDR ram.
Hi, I recently (Nov 2006) purchased a Gigabyte GA-M55plus-S3G rev 1.x. I initially had a time finding drivers for GeForce 6100 video on board. Installed nvidia's shar (not called such, but effectively it is) and then Debian Sarge came up ok using 2.6.8-3k7 kern. All complain about the nvidia kernel interface (nvidia code) tainting the kernel. Haven't bludgeoned support for smp to work. Known to not work yet: 2.6.8-xk8-smp. Hangs in boot at configuring network point.
This is a simple mobo with plain video built in. (I'm not a gamer.) I have also gotten existing Slackware 9.1 (2.4 kernel) on an old drive in the new box to work and Slackware 11 to install ok. nvidia's support for ide controller and for ethernet is not to be found on their site. I cannot tell for sure if the "kitchen sink" huge26.s Slackware 11 kernel is detecting and using it ok or not.
Overall, it looks like amd64 and smp and nvidia chipsets are not quite supported yet. Surely this will come in weeks or months. I am delighted with the low power and low temperature of the retail Athlon 64 x2 3800+: I'm seeing max 33 deg C, vs always over 64 on the old Athlon 1400. So, in that way at least, it's a cool thing to do now!