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Re: Debian hardware certification

Hi Ben!

On Sat, 04 Jun 2011, Ben Hutchings wrote:
> > Debian main uses the same standard as h-node.
> Yes.  Debian users don't.

Indeed.  At least not in the datacenter, where > 90% of the GOOD servers
(i.e. the ones whose firmware is actually tested to interoperate with Linux,
firmware updates can be done within Linux without downtime, BIOS has ACPI
3.0 support and x2apic support, <170 ms SMI latencies, full IOMMU support,
and other stuff Windows server doesn't even pay attention to) require
non-free firmware.

In fact, 100% of the servers we bought at work in the last three years
require non-free firmware of some sort at runtime.  These are all HP, Dell
and IBM boxes.

NIC regular and iSCSI firmware are the two main issues.

  "One disk to rule them all, One disk to find them. One disk to bring
  them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
  where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
  Henrique Holschuh

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