How do I know what Linux to use???

J. Epperson linux-poweredge at
Thu Dec 14 08:53:36 CST 2006

On Thu, December 14, 2006 09:33, Craig White wrote:
> On Thu, 2006-12-14 at 09:25 -0500, Pete Breitenbaugh wrote:
>> We have a Dell PowerEdge 6350 on which we want to run Linux.
>> The box has 4 Intel 550 MHz processors.
>> There are 3 different Linux Fedora Core 6 images available.
>> i386
>> x86_64
>> ppc
>> How do we tell which to use?
> ----
> that's a pretty old system and a very new Linux
> Choose i386 as I presume that the 4 Intel 550 MHz processors are either
> Pentium 2 or Pentium 3
> I think you might be in trouble on the RAID controller though if it's a
> Perc 2

It's an old piece of hardware, but a moose.  I run FC4 on one at my
church, mostly doing Samba. My theory is that with volunteer tech support
consisting mostly of me, it's good to have a machine that can keep running
with three failed processors, two failed power supplies, and two failed
disk drives (RAID 5 with hotspare).  And with that thing in the basement,
we'll never have any problems with pipes freezing!

The normal 6350 RAID solution was Adaptec AACRAID, which has not
encountered the intermittent support issues of legacy Megaraid, in my
experience.  I've run this box from FC2 thru FC4, and I think the only
RAID issue I've hit was a broken initrd on one kernel upgrade.  Booted
from previous kernel and manually ran mkinitrd again and all was well.

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