[K12OSN] Re: Current lab server recommendations for K12Linux

William Fragakis william at fragakis.com
Wed Sep 2 12:26:20 UTC 2009

That may have been for the best. Now you can order that CPU by itself,
drop it in the server and save $200. The motherboard may require a BIOS
update but most of the AM2 chips have been fairly backwards compatible.
If the server starts to struggle, get thee to newegg.com or your
favorite vendor.

Again, good luck,

On Tue, 2009-09-01 at 12:00 -0400, k12osn-request at redhat.com wrote:
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> Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2009 19:39:52 -0400
> From: Daniel Howard <dhhoward at comcast.net>
> Subject: Re: [K12OSN] Re: Current lab server recommendations for
>         K12Linux
> To: "Support list for open source software in schools."
>         <k12osn at redhat.com>
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> William Fragakis wrote:
> > Daniel, 
> > As you said long ago, don't get too cheap on a server. This should
> do
> > okay but really is at the bottom end of even where consumer desktops
> are
> > in computing power. If the whole class decides to visit a
> flash-based
> > site at the same time, there may be some grumbling.
> >
> > Quad cores aren't that much more. If you were buying just a bare
> CPU,
> > you could get a quad-core AMD for $110. The chip in this server is a
> > clear out model, the successor only costs $60. 
> >
> > Also, see what the cache sizes are on the drives. Again, the spread
> in
> > price between a 250 gb with 2mb and speedy 500 - 750 can be as
> little as
> > $20-30. 
> >
> >   
> Crap, I wish I'd waited one more day, I ordered it yesterday.  I
> priced 
> the quad core from Dell and it doubled the cost, this was a special
> with 
> $300 off the normal price, guess we know why now...good news is it's
> for 
> an English class at Sutton, with the old laptops as thin clients and
> the 
> APS classroom thin clients...even a good server wouldn't help those 
> clients much with video I think.  But the next server I buy is
> probably 
> for the lab, so I'll keep all of your comments in mind!
> Best, Daniel

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