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[school-discuss] Dell Servers & Adaptec Raid
[Forwarded by Doug; posted from an unsubscribed address]
We use Dell desktops and servers. Optiplex series desktops have not been a
problem. Poweredge servers have worked well until recently. Current
Poweredge 2650's use an adaptec RAID card for which the Linux 2.6 drivers are
unstable and slow.
Did you use a driver from the Adaptec site for this card? (I built a 2.4
kernel for a PowerEdge with this adaptec 'raid' card, but it hasn't seen a
lot of load yet. It's going to be running a school division's Open Admin
deployment... so you're making me nervous! (grin))
Open Admin for Schools
Dell servers using Megaraid cards work fine.
On the server side the Dell chipset is screwy, they encapsulate the Intel
sensor chips so the standard sensors software doesn't work. The only caveat
on the Optiplex clients appears to be with ATI GX300 graphics cards in some
newer stations, tweaking the Xorg config file was needed to make dual head
I haven't tried Linux on any recent Dell laptops.
We have standardized on Mandrake 10.1, download release. We do have a Fedora
install running on a Compaq ML5300, and I have also used Debian on some of
the Optiplex stations without problems.