Debian Lenny (5.0) on Dell PowerEdge r300

Morten P.D. Stevens mstevens at
Wed Mar 11 07:52:55 CDT 2009


i suggest RHEL 5 / CentOS 5 on dell poweredge hardware. If you need
necessarily a debian based linux just use Ubuntu Server 8.10. (there are
also commercial drivers and firmware > broadcom)
On our Dell servers RHEL 5 and CentOS 5 is working very good and


-----Original Message-----
From: linux-poweredge-bounces at
[mailto:linux-poweredge-bounces at] On Behalf Of Matheus Bezerra
Estrela Rodrigues
Sent: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 10:44 AM
To: linux-poweredge at
Subject: Re: Debian Lenny (5.0) on Dell PowerEdge r300

On Wed, 4 Mar 2009 13:13:32 +0100
Herve Eychenne <rv-dell at> wrote:

>  Hello,
> Did anyone manage to get a Debian Lenny (released 2 weeks ago)
> run successfully on a Dell PowerEdge r300 (SAS6iR controller
> with RAID1 of SATA disks, dual Broadcom Gigabit, etc.)?
> Did anything go as expected, any tweaks?
> Note: I could find no report on the web...
> Thanks in advance for your help,
>  Herve Eychenne

I have some PowerEdge 2950, and they are no good on lenny debian.

Broadcom nics are not recognized on boot (nor installation) and the boot
process is not echoed on screen. it freezes, complaints about one usb
device (which I have no idea), says bad things about the bnx firmware
and just refresh screen when about to show the prompt.

I installed using manual partitioning and lvm, and got to boot 1 out of
5 tries. reinstalled using guided and now it boots, but this way I said
above and no nic. this lenny+pe2950 couple doesn't deserve my confidence
yet (for me), I don't see it solid as a rock. etch on the other way was
ok out-of-the-box.


Matheus Bezerra Estrela Rodrigues <matheus at>

We will call you cygnus,
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