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Old 01-24-2005, 11:43 AM   #1
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Linux distro choice (Newbee question)


I have been using Suse Linux (which I think is a bit heavy duty for my needs) for a few months basically using it as a samba server (text only no GUI) however I have a problem in that I have upgraded my hardware to a 200GB HD using an IDE PCI controller card that uses the IT8212 chipset. Suse 9.1 does not appear to work on this hardware (even though the hardware said it would), now in various other posts in this and other websites most people seem to say that I need kernal 2.6.10, as a newbie I have not got a clue how to upgrade the kernal hence my distro question. My requirements are large disk support (currently 200GB maybe be upgrading to 600-700GB in the future), support for the IT8212 chipset (2.6.10+ kernal - I think), samba server (used as a media server for streaming audio/video) with standard command line interface, does any have a similar set-up and could recommend a reasonably easy to administor Linux distro that would fit my requirements better than Suse????? Any help appreciated as there appears to be so many distro's that all seems to work or be specialised slightly differently and I am unsure which would be a best fit for my requirements. By the way this is used in my home hence I will not be using raid even though the IT8212 chipset is capable of it.

PC spec is Athlon XP1600+, 512MB ram.

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Old 01-24-2005, 11:56 AM   #2
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Old 01-24-2005, 04:48 PM   #3
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I think it would be better for you to find out how to update your kernel. Otherwise, what are you going to do - change distros every time there is an update? Anyhow, as long as you stick to kernels pre-compiled for your distro (which is a good idea anyway) it is easy - you can update it with the same tool you use for installing/updating all other packages.
If there is no kernel 2.4.10 for Suse 9.1, I think it either comes with Suse 9.2, or is available in updates. So the easiest thing to do for you would be to go up to Suse 9.2.
 
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