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Old 04-01-2008, 11:16 AM   #1
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Want to build a linux machine


I've decided to build a machine specifically for linux. I don't have a lot of experience with linux, so when it comes to hardware compatibility and how much power I need to do what I want to do with it, I'm not overly confident. I know there's a hardware compatibility list here on the site. This will help me a lot once I know how much of a good machine I will need. All I want to do with it is host files on my network, and manage some servers(nothing with much hardware requirements). My only real concern when it comes to performance is the interface. I plan on using ubuntu and I want the cube interface that I see everybody using. I want it to run smoothly. So I don't know if certain types of hardware are more compatible for a smooth running interface or even how much resources I will need to pull this off. I am on budget, so I want to spend the least possible amount of money, which is precisely why I'm posting here about what I would need and not just building a decent machine with hardware I know is compatible. I apologize if a similar post has already been made. Thank you.
 
Old 04-01-2008, 12:11 PM   #2
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Advice on compiz

Looking at the hardware compatability list is always a good idea. I have found that Ubuntu will install easily on almost any non-laptop platform. Laptops are a little trickier.

As to Beryl/Compiz -- the cube interface -- to which you refer, it seems to me there are more questions being asked, more problems being sited for that interface than any other. If you're buying this machine to run high-end graphics, get lots of RAM and either a fast PIV or a dual-core, IMHO.

If you run with Compiz, I'd look around to see what luck people have had with different kinds of hardware, and prepare for a lot of tuning, at least based on what I have read.
 
Old 04-01-2008, 12:17 PM   #3
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Looking at the hardware compatability list is always a good idea. I have found that Ubuntu will install easily on almost any non-laptop platform. Laptops are a little trickier.

As to Beryl/Compiz -- the cube interface -- to which you refer, it seems to me there are more questions being asked, more problems being sited for that interface than any other. If you're buying this machine to run high-end graphics, get lots of RAM and either a fast PIV or a dual-core, IMHO.

If you run with Compiz, I'd look around to see what luck people have had with different kinds of hardware, and prepare for a lot of tuning, at least based on what I have read.


ok, well compiz is a bonus I guess, my priority is hosting network files... I understand that there will always be some tweaking needed... and nothing is guaranteed, I just want to make sure that I have enough power to run it.
 
Old 04-01-2008, 01:03 PM   #4
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actually, I guess what I really want a suggestion on is a motherboard... I would like a cheap motherboard with onboard sound/nic that is known to work with linux... preferably AMD

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Old 04-01-2008, 01:43 PM   #5
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go NVIDIA for your video card.
linux likes intel and 3com nic cards.
 
Old 04-01-2008, 02:41 PM   #6
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I second the Nvidia and 3com, as for the motherboard the Nvidia chipset works well also.

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my priority is hosting network files.
If you are wanting to share files with other windows pc, you'll want to install and configure SAMBA also.
 
Old 04-01-2008, 02:59 PM   #7
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actually, I guess what I really want a suggestion on is a motherboard... I would like a cheap motherboard with onboard sound/nic that is known to work with linux... preferably AMD
If you are in the USA then look at the 'geeks'. They have some really good prices for new & refurbished MB for both Intel and AMD. Some of the refurbished qualify for a $1.99 ground shipping.

Edit: the MB qualify for $1.99 ground shipping

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Old 04-01-2008, 03:00 PM   #8
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ok, well compiz is a bonus I guess, my priority is hosting network files... I understand that there will always be some tweaking needed... and nothing is guaranteed, I just want to make sure that I have enough power to run it.
Enough power is a relative term and depends on who is doing the buying of the hardware. If you are sharing out network files and depending on the frequency and quantity of access, you can use older hardware. Ubuntu server is made for server only situations, installing without X, and giving you a plain sever environment.

I am using an older P 4 with 1GB RAM and Ubuntu. It's not good enough for multiple users all hitting the database, but it's good for one two three people doing testing.

I cannot imagine sharing out part of a workstation on which you would do work; then your share users are dependent on your possibly needing to reboot, install something new, and so on.

If you are looking for a very good workstation, I'd buy the best stuff out there, dual-core and 2GB RAM, especially if you plan to run graphics. One vendor advised me if I were to run virtual environments to get 4GB RAM.
 
  


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