> >Any one running red hat linux 6.2 in a dual system? IS there any
> >special verson of red hat 6.2 that must be used for the dual cpu
> BP6 with 6.2. RH6.x comes with stock SMP kernels, and normally the
> installation detects this OK and defaults to the right one. But I prefer
> to do my own kernels, so never used RH's much. I'm sure they are OK with
> Alan Cox, etc on the payroll. Other than the kernel, I can't think of
> anything else that requires a special SMP config.
Hal is talking about the Abit BP6 - a dual PPGA-370 (!) Celeron MoBo.
Even though I own the same board running stable SMP with RH 6.1 still,
as well as Caldera 2.3 and several SuSEs, I don't know if I should
recommend that board - not so much because of the numerous reports
of system lockups after several days uptime (the reason of which
still uncertain), BUT more due to the fact that the newer Celerons
come for the FC-PGA socket, and you'll soon can't buy '370 CPUs any
Complain to Intel about them arbitrarily changing CPU interfaces every
few months (in order to keep the MoBo market - and the user - running
but it is a fact.
Despite that, the Abit BP6 still IS a comparatively cheap entry point
into SMP IMHO - even if another limitation of it comes to my mind :
it has got only 3 SDRAM DIMM sockets, thus allowing "only" 768 MB RAM
(of which I've already implemented 640, so the "end" in sight...).
Altogether, I'd state that the BP6 with a flexible BIOS setup, espec.
for tuning FSB speed etc., is more interesting to experimenters (and
overclockers), rather than for someone willing to set up a stable
production SMP server.
Just my 2c