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Old 9th February 2006, 18:55
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I am using Suse 10 at the moment and having difficulties with raid... if I use debian sarge 3.1... will my raid 1 sata drives work... is there a special 64bit release or does it not matter.

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Dell officially, only supports RHEL Linux & Windows Server 2003. Both are not free. Finally i choose for Debian 3.1 Sarge. At the beginning of the install give the command "linux26", otherwise it will install kernel 2.4, which will not recognise SATA-drives. I used the RAID 1 configuration as described at URL:
http://www.howtoforge.com/linux_software_raid.

This workes fine for the Dell SC1425 with SATA-drives.
After Falko's "perfect install" for Debian 3.1, i changed my kernel to:
kernel-image-2.6.8-2-686-smp, which is fine for my server with dual xeon processors.

According Falko's advise i choose for Debian, because it is very stable.
A GUI is not necessary for me. I also use the ISPConfig-system, which makes a lot of tasks more easy. Another stable version (Red Hat klone) is Centos.
It is more stable than Fedora and better for servers.
I think the free versions like Opensuse and Fedora are ok for the desktop.
For a server choose for stability!
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Old 9th February 2006, 19:02
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does debian have a gui interface or is it just text based... (currently downloading it 15 disks.......)
Like FeeBSD, Debian is very basic and stable.
Upon these OS's you can install almost anything you like.

Try the command "apt-cache search kde" for example in Debian's command line. and you will find a lot of software related to KDE.
With the command apt-get install <softwarename> you can install whatever you choose.
My experience is: use Debian for a server, Ubuntu for a desktop.
Ubuntu recognises your hardware very well.
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Old 9th February 2006, 19:04
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does debian have a gui interface or is it just text based... (currently downloading it 15 disks.......)
Like FeeBSD, Debian is very basic and stable.
Upon these OS's you can install almost anything you like.
If you do a netinstall, you only need 1 cd.

Try the command "apt-cache search kde" for example in Debian's command line. and you will find a lot of software related to KDE.
With the command apt-get install <softwarename> you can install whatever you choose.
My experience is: use Debian for a server, Ubuntu for a desktop.
Ubuntu recognises your hardware very well.
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Old 9th February 2006, 21:59
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You can find Debian for AMD 64-bit processors here: http://cdimage.debian.org/cdimage/un...-amd64/iso-cd/

(but 64-bit support is still a little bit experimental...)

As Hans suggested, you can doanload the netinstall image (which exists for 32-bit and 64-bit), because then you need only one CD.
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Old 10th February 2006, 11:28
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Thanks for the suggestions..... I left my work machine downloading over night and got all the disks.... I will have a look over the weekend.... I must admit that I do like a gui interface when I am not too familiar with a system.... so I will see what happens. Thanks for your posts.
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