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Old 01-02-2006, 11:46 PM   #1
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Linux compatibility with server hardware

Hi Guys, been browsing the forum for a few weeks now and its been a big help to me to have read some of the topics here in the forum.
We will be trying to install Linux RH9 or Suse on one of our servers and I was hoping if any of you have an idea if there would be any compatibility issues with these machines:

ASUS Ap2400Re2/ AS8
runs on dual xeon 3.0Ghz/1Mb cache
2GB Ecc Registered DDRAm memory
chipset is an Intel E7520 chipset
Adaptec 2120S RAID 5 card

likewise another server
Intel SR2400SYSD2
runs on dual Xeon 3.2Ghz / 2MB cache
2GB ecc reg ddr2
chipset is also E7520 Intel

Have you met some issues with 7520 chipset installations

Thanks and more power!!!!
Old 01-04-2006, 09:08 AM   #2
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i think SUSE or to some extent FC4...but not RH9
Old 01-04-2006, 10:46 AM   #3
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In general you will be best off with the latest kernel on server chipsets, and recompiling the kernel with your chipset included. For performance you may want to compile a monolithic rather than modular kernel. I've found that Linux kernels out of the box offer weak support for higher-end chipsets.
Old 01-04-2006, 03:51 PM   #4
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This may be somewhat OT but I would suggest you might want to reconsider using RH9 as a possible distro choice, and the only reason I say this is that Redhat officially ended support for RH9 sometime back in mid-2004 IIRC. It was a great distro for its time, but at this point it it out of date
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Tried installing Suse and RH9 and so far the installation went out well, but I went back to retaining SUse on the system as to server functionality is better met with this version.

I know for a fact that SUSE has one of the best security features for server installations, but is it capable as a standalone OS to provide firewall capability?

Thanks for all the reply and time guys.........
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practically ANY Linux distribution will make a very good firewall. In fact, many firewalls ranging from lowly LinkSys to enterprise-level firewall appliances run the Linux kernel.


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