> We are looking to distribute WWW and mail list tasks across two machines
> at our site. The plan is to purchase a new box and install the 2.0.*
> The hardware spec we are considering is as follows:
> -TYAN Tomcat III (single CPU) Motherboard w/512k cache
> (we like the idea of 8 simm slots, start w/64mb RAM)
I would strongly recommend that you use either an Asus, Abit,
Intel, or Gigabyte board. Tyan has minor stability problems,
and Supermicro has MAJOR stability problems.
Quote:> -Pentium 100-133 (best deal)
sounds good. just make sure it's a multiple of 33 to get the higher
PCI bus speed. Make sure to have plenty of RAM. It's one of the most
important things for performance, and one of the cheapest.
Quote:> -Adaptec 2940 SCSI Controller with the following volumes.
get a buslogic BT-958. It's faster, better supported, and doesn't
cost any more than the adaptec
Quote:> / /swap and /usr on a 2gb SCSI disk
> /var on another SCSI disk to handle our httpd logs
> Nec 4x CD-Rom
partitioning would depend on what gets hit more (mail vs. www, etc)
Quote:> -Adpatec 2940UW SCSI Controller with the following volumes
> /home and /www for all our WWW content
again, go for buslogic SCSI.
Quote:> -Generic 3com Ether card
DEC Tulip-based cards are better, as they put less load on the CPU
and are PCI. SMC EtherPower is a good card.
Quote:> -Cheapest video card (we won't run X)
something like a generic S3 card (trio64, 1MB RAM) is about 50 bucks.
Quote:> -Tape drive ???
> -We'd like to run the Travan Tr-3 T3000 series. Does this
> work out of the box with the latest ftape stuff? What
just get ftape 3.02 off somewhere that has the whole tarfile, or 2.10
both those version work fine.
Quote:> transfer rates can we realize?
> -We are also considering an Excabyte 8mm drive 8500 on the
> first 2940 adapter or a Sony 4gb (native) DAT.
DAT drives are significanly faster and use less CPU than floppy tapes,
but cost a lot more.
> This machine will see a considerable amount of traffic day one with
> sustained bandwidth absorbtion asymetricaly of 512kb easily during
> peak hours. It needs to run 24x7 of course. It's predecessor on kernel
> 1.2.13 has seen uptimes surpassing 30 days.
I can saturate a T1 with a P133 with 64MB RAM and EIDE disks (triton
bustmaster). It won't have any problem with that.
Quote:> What is the best way to obtain the easiest to configure and latest install
> package with the latest 2.0.* kernel? I am willing to make a boat load of
> install floppies but, a CD would be best.
RedHat Linux 4.1, from Redhat software, is really the best for an
easy-to-setup server. It works out of the box, and is very well put together.
Also, if you buy it from them, you get install support, a nice CD,
and a book.
"Down, not Across"