[SATLUG] Looking for new system

ed horned0wl93 at gmail.com
Thu Aug 7 17:04:21 CDT 2008

Bruce Dubbs wrote:
> Note: I'm starting a new thread.
> ed wrote:
> > I'm looking at buying a new (or refurb'd) machine in the very near
> > future to replace my crashed Windoze media (music and video) server 
> (I'm
> > all Linux at home now...).  I've seen some good-to-great price 
> offerings
> > on both Intel Xeon and AMD Phenom systems, but I'm curious and a little
> > bit concerned over the problems I'm hearing about Ubuntu and 64bit
> > architecture.  Several questions come to mind as I get ready for my
> > purchase(s). Can y'all help?
> >
> > 1. An AMD feind since the brand came out, I'm wondering: which CPU 
> setup
> > would y'all actually recommend as best suited to Ubuntu versions 7.04 -
> > 8.04 in a 64bit environment?
> >
> > 2. What are the issues with 64bit systems and the apparent need for 
> 4+GB
> > of RAM?  Can It load as a 32bit OS on a muti-core machine?  If so, what
> > would I lose if I did it that way?  How much RAM would I need then?
> >
> > 3. For this machine, I'm not overly concerned about wireless 
> networking,
> > as it'll be directly wire-connected to my router.  However, I'd like to
> > know if the system, under Ubuntu, might be multi-homed, and run more
> > than one NIC with more than one usable IP address (true server 
> fashion)?
> >
> > 4. Which video card(s) would you recommend, with how much RAM on board,
> > to handle this monster and permit the full use of Emerald and/or
> > Compiz-Beryl?
> I'm a bit confused by your requirements.  You say that you want a 
> media server and then talk about video cards.  Is it a server or a 
> workstation?
Actually, I want it to be a bit of both -- primarily to serve media 
where/as necessary across my network, but to also serve as a kick-*ss 
multi-functional workstation. If not for Windoze and a 32bit 
environment, per se, I had the best of both of those worlds for several 
years with my previous server, as a part of my combined home theater.  
It did it all - acquisition, storage, presentation and network server. 

That's why the questions about video cards, multi-homing NICs and the 
like, and the reason for all the other questions.

I'm looking for the punch of a gamer's machine, but with the storage and 
distribution capacity of a server.  That's asking lots, I know, but I've 
done it before in that other environment, and would like to do it again 
with Linux in a 64bit environment.

Thanks for the tips, tho...  Reading... :-)

> If you just want to work as a media server, I wouldn't do a PC at 
> all.  I'd just get a small enclosure to host drives via samba/nfs.  
> You don't need a keyboard, mouse, or screen.  Typically these systems 
> are managed through a web interface.
> Something like
> http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c=L_Product_C2&childpagename=US%2FLayout&cid=1175233152539&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper 
> might work for you.  Just google for network storage.
>   -- Bruce

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