Originally posted by Thaidog
I'm thinking of buying an SGI machine that has 4 PIII xeon processors... I'd like to find a workstation distribution that will run lighter than a server installation... Is there a workstation distribution that will handle 4 cpu's?
Any distro will handle 4 alright as long as you have a kernel compiled for SMP. Linux scales alright up until I think 8 or 16, when you start having to muck about with some arcana in order to get a real performance boost. Watch out for some of those SGI boards, they can be really grumpy about what RAM they will take. Also remember to compile for highmem as you're almost definately going to want more than a gig.
Very few apps in a workstation release won't handle SMP right, some won't utilize it, the others will be fine. I think the X that default ships with everything these days is optimized SMP.