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Old 07-18-2008, 11:43 PM   #1
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VIA VT-Series CPU Distribution Compatibility

I'm building a Linux router as part of a research project. I don't know the exact CPU model off-hand, but the CPU and board are most similar to that found here:

I've had a heck of a time trying to get an OS to work on it so far. I'm most familiar with RedHat derivatives, so I've tried RHEL5, Fedora 7/8/9, and an old version of CentOS (I believe it was 4.0...). The only two I could get to install at all were Fedora 9 and CentOS. The Fedora 9 install began to boot, but quickly stopped and told me this:
This kernel requires the following features not present on the CPU:
The CentOS install would actually boot, but would deadlock within 5 minutes of running, even when sitting idly at the log-in prompt.

It looks like the RedHats are out, so does anyone know an OS that will work with VIA chipsets? I don't need a GUI or many flashy features since I'm going to just toss XORP and a few small apps on there, but I would prefer an OS that is still maintained.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance!
Old 07-19-2008, 01:05 AM   #2
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Try debian. Especially if you don't need a gui. It's fat free. And has the widest architecture support, though it looks like a standard x86 compatible cpu. If you want more hand holding, try ubuntu-server.

Old 07-22-2008, 06:26 PM   #3
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I decided to try Ubuntu Server 8.0.4 and it installed without any problems. I've been using it for a few days now without any problems. Thanks for the advice!


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