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Old 07-30-2007, 08:11 AM   #1
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LFS on SMP and SCSI?

Hi, I used to be fairly active with Linux and have played around with many distributions and I want to get back into it, this time I'm thinking of LFS. I have the opportunity to get a cheap dual PII server with SCSI drives, I was just wondering if this will cause any difficulty for me in an install (I also have a regular desktop available, but if possible i'd rather use the server). Also will having everything compiled by source and using LFS actually see much of a difference by using two processors, or will it not matter since most programs are not written for two processors? Thanks a lot!

PS. I've heard that the Dell Poweredge 300, 1300, and 2400 servers have some problems rebooting on linux but there is a workaround, I am not sure of the exact model that I'll be getting so if anyone knows anything about this it would be greatly appreciated.
Old 07-31-2007, 05:53 PM   #2
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I really don't think that any Pentium II is worth obtaining. You are just saving the seller the work of sending the machine to a recycler. The person selling this machine should pay you for taking it off their hands.

As far as whether it would work I would say look at their web site. If they don't mention whether it should work then play it safe and expect that it doesn't work. There are so many distributions that it doesn't make sense to pick a distro before you have the hardware. Rather, get the hardware and find a distro that will work on it.
Old 07-31-2007, 07:47 PM   #3
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As for the power of a PII I think I'll be happy with it, I was running Linux on a Pentium MMX 133 MHz just two years ago and was fine with it. And the price for two of them, both dual processors, with 9 SCSI drives is going to be about 50 dollars, It'll do for my purpose, which is basically to learn...possibly be a firewall, nothing too demanding.

I'm not trying to be rude, but I'm not sure how much you know about LFS. Basically it is just an instruction manual (the size of a book) that explains how to make your own linux distro. So in theory all this hardware is compatable with Linux (I know for sure it supports SCSI and SMP). My question is just how much difficulty I would run into finding out how to and actually compiling a kernel that uses these features. Keeping in mind I have never manually compiled/recompiled a kernel.

EDIT: In this reply I sort of ended up figuring out how to answer my own question. I had been searching specifically for LFS with SMP and SCSI...but I just searched for just the general Linux kernel with SMP and SCSI and I found a page that still is very new to me...but the differences between uniprocessor and SMP seem very minor. Sounds like I'll have more issues with the SCSI module/driver. Here is the website.

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