[K12OSN] Hardware questions

Dimitri Yioulos dyioulos at firstbhph.com
Thu Jun 30 17:07:49 UTC 2005

On Thursday June 30 2005 12:52 pm, Joe Augsburger wrote:
> I've been reading the list now for about two months ago; barely able to
> spell Linux but a couple of months ago I 'borrowed' a Dell computer out of
> one of my school's labs and installed K12LTSP on it and have it on my
> mostly Novell network. We've run a couple of thin clients at surprising
> speed with just this poor workstation-turned-server. Enough to 'prove' the
> concept and I've been given----very rare, here----$3000 to put a real Linux
> server into service.
> My question, since I've only got one chance to buy a decent server...what
> do these specs sound like to you folks who are more knowlegeable?
> >From DAKTech computers (one of my state's preferred providers)
> dual Xeon 2.4 Ghz with 533 fsb
> ultra 320 scsi (three, 36 gb Seagate drives)
> 2 gb RAM
> Intel SRCZRU Dual RAID controller
> Dual integrated Intel Pro 1000+
> maybe add a fiber-optic NIC?
> Will this serve 20-25 thin clients (mostly internet, word processing, etc)
> acceptably, and does anyone have experience with this type of RAID
> controller? I've read all the posts in the last two months or so and it
> seems that some difficulties exist with linux picking up some RAID
> controllers.
> I appreciate any information you share.
> Thanks,
> Joe Augsburger
> network admin
> Douglas County SD#15
> Days Creek, Oregon
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The real gurus on the list may disagree, but I would think that the second 
processor is not as important as adding as much RAM as you can.


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