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hp xw9300 ???

I have just acquired the subject system, including two single core 2.4
GHz opterons.

Of course, I want to install debian; as opposed to the rhel that it
comes with!

So, some questions come to mind:

[1] Does anybody here have _experience_ with this?  Please, share your

[2] WHICH installation is the best place to start?  I am in the process
    of downloading debian-testing-amd64-netinst.iso -- which debian.org
    calls ``etch beta 2 release of the installer'' -- is this the best
    way to move to 64-bit linux?

[3] I stopped myself installing debian 3.1r2; and found that it will NOT
    find a nic to get a dhcp address.  I booted into knoppix v4.0.2,
    which found it, and loaded forcedeth; but, it did not automatically
    start eth0 ...

Any pointers and encouragement are eagerly appreciated!


Best Regards,

mds resource
Dare to fix things before they break . . .
Our capacity for understanding is inversely proportional to how much
we think we know.  The more I know, the more I know I don't know . . .

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