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RE: [K12OSN] Used Hardware



I'll second Tom's recommendation on the 6350's.  Mine supports 22
workstations like a dream and can be had on ebay for under $500.  I think
that the multiple processors really fit well with K12LTSP.

I had to turn off most of the scsi controllers in the bios to get my
installation, but it doesn't slow anything down.

Eric

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From: k12osn-bounces redhat com [mailto:k12osn-bounces redhat com] On Behalf
Of haynest mchsi com
Sent: Monday, July 18, 2005 8:16 PM
To: Support list for opensource software in schools.
Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Used Hardware

Robert...

I bought 2 quad 550 xeons with 4 gig of ram off Ebay. One of them is serving
up files like a champ at school. It is our Moodle server among other things.
The other is at home, and the backplane failed after I had it 2 months or
so. I am running one scsi drive straight off the motherboard, and am
bypassing the backplane.

I guess this is a qualified recommendation. 

They were Dell 6350s, and linux installed quite well. There were no
"gotchas."

The servers were $500 each with shipping of $85 or so. They came with fiber
cards.

I would do it again. The machine at school is _really_ nice to have in the
server rack.

Regards...   Tom




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