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I too am new here and just picked up a used power edge 4300 and was thinking about installing Ubuntu on it.
I have not opened it up yet but I believe it is a dual X86 probably
P111 450's or 500's according to what I found on Google.
Will Ubuntu 7.10 work with the dual cpu's ? It appears to be all scsi
but like I mentioned I have not opened it up yet. Need to do that tomorrow.
I see that I am not alone with this old 4300.
Not real fast but might be fun to have around.
You won't have problems with anything that old. If you do have a problem with something not being recognized by the installer, it is because it is too old. Try using any of the live CDs (Knoppix, live Ubuntu) where it doesn't install, but only runs off the CDrom. If it recognizes all your hardware, it safe to assume the installed version will as well.
Remember linux was a server OS long before it became used on desktops. You're basically asking it to do exactly what it was designed to do, only on old hardware. If it doesn't recognize something, you can build a module to support it. Probably anything that doesn't work was just removed when streamlining things for a modern computer. You can still find drivers/modules on the web, and build them in depending on your comfortability with the command line. And if you're going to run servers, get VERY comfortable with the command line!