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Forum OpenACS Q&A: Re: cheap Dell servers for next 4 days

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Posted by Fred Yankowski on
It looks like a good deal and I've ordered a system.

But I've since heard that some of Dell's low-end servers have quirky on-board hardware that is not supported by some Linux distributions -- Debian in particular.  Does anyone know if the video and NIC chips on the motherboard are supported by the latest Debian release?

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Posted by Roberto Mello on
If it's supported by the Linux kernel (for Debian GNU/Linux, Debian GNU/Hurd is a different story) then there's no reason for it not to work on Debian, just like any other distribution. Unless of course, that distribution includes proprietary drivers (which I don't believe is the case with Red Hat).

I haven't heard anything about lack of support on the Dell machines, especially since Dell gives you the option of having Red Hat pre-installed. I don't think they would have a separate configuration for Windows and Linux, but that's a possibility.

-Roberto