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Old 08-04-2008, 11:31 AM   #1
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Installing Linux on old Dell Server running NT Server 4.0

I have a Dell Poweredge 1400 Server running Windows NT Server 4.0 - with 256 MB of RAM. One of its drawbacks is that it lacks wireless capability due to NT Server 4.0.
What flavor of Linux would be a good choice for a dual boot?
I am reluctant to upgrade to Windows Server 2003 for cost reasons.

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For a server that old I would think just about any Linux Distro should work.

The one thing you would want to look at is the Storage Controller in the server.

looks like it would be either a PERC2 or PERC3 controller

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LSI engineers maintain the megaraid_mbox driver in kernel 2.6.x. This supports Dell PERC 3 and PERC 4 series cards.
Older PERC 2 and earlier cards can be made to work with the megaraid_legacy (name as of 2.6.16, formerly 'megaraid')
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Pretty much any distribution you want -- but, you really (really) need to think about sticking another 256M (at least) memory in it. Slackware may meet your needs (it doesn't automagically start an X service by default) and gives you a complete installation without downloading a bunch of extra stuff after installation.


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