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Re: Advice sought on moving to AMD64

Rory Campbell-Lange wrote:

How hard is it to use Debian AMD64?
Hard to use? Wouldn't say hard at all, its like any other OS now. Easy to install in one shot now.

Our standard environment includes:

   Apache 1.3x/Apache 2.x
   Python 2.3/2.4 including all standard modules
   Perl including all standard modules
   Postgresql 7.4/8 (I believe I can compile the latter from the debian
   source packages myself)
Everything on your list is available as far as I'm aware, don't know about the postgresql though. You have to realize that its much easier than most to bring the standard x86 packages over since they use the same execution structure. (I think I worded that right, my brain feels fried right now.)

One possible configuration we are looking for is as below:

Motherboard : Dual AMD Opteron,[X2881G2NR],AMD8131, Up to 3x PCI-X,S-ATA Raid,2x Gigabit LAN
   Chipset            : AMD-8131
Info : 5 x PCI (Total); 1x PCI-X for 1U and 3x PCI-X for 2U; Graphics Slot = None
   Ports              : 2xUSB V2.0 [Rear],PS/2 Kb, Mouse,Serial,Parallel
   Maximum            : RAM     16GB using 8 x 2GB
   On-board Graphics  : Integrated ATI 8MB Rage XL
   Std HDD Controller : IDE UDMA 100 (Primary & Secondary
   On-board SCSI      : None
   On-board RAID      : S-ATA Raid (Raid 0, 1, 10, 4 drives) Silicon Image 3114
   On-board LAN       : 2 x Broadcom 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet
   On-board Audio     : None
   CPU                : 2 x AMD Opteron 242 1.6GHz (2-way) - 1MB Cache
RAM : 2,048 MB Total using 4 x 512MB PC3200 DDR Registered ECC (Use Only In Pairs) Chassis : 2U C215S, 8x H-Swap SCSI Bays, Slim CD and FD bays, 660mm, 2x 64bit PCI, 510W (Black)
   Rail Kit           : Telescopic Rail Kit included with case
RAID Controller : LSI MegaRaid 320-1, 64 Bit PCI, Ultra320, 64mb, Single channel, Raid levels 0,1,3,5,10
   SCSI HDD           : 6 x 36GB 15,000 rpm Ultra320
Ethernet : 1 2 x Broadcom 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet on-board motherboard

Actually, I run the S2882UG3NR and have run it almost since day 1 of the x86_64 debian days; works flawlessly. Tyan makes a great motherboard too. Unlike most companies who will put out a motherboard and put out random fixes for flaws, these guys actually go back and meticulously update their supported hardware so that you really do get the most for your money.

So in short its a piece of cake.

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