I'm on the verge of buying a Gateway P4D-66 on which I want to run
Linux. I've got some nagging concerns about compatibility, though.
I'd love to hear from someone that's actually got Linux (esp. with
XFree86) running on this box.
Some specific concerns:
1) Video board. The standard board for this machine is an STB. I
want to be able to go up to 1280x1024, so I'm looking at the upgrade
board: an ATI GX64 w/2MB. I understand there's an alpha X server
for this board. How well does it work? Is there any chance it won't
be supported through a full release? I.e., no Diamond/Matrox-like
problems with obtaining technical details?
2) CD-ROM drive. Gateway's CD's are usually IDE-attached, and they
sell various models. What do I need to do to insure that Linux will
be able to use the CD, if I can?
Here's my proposed configuration. Holler if you see any boo-boos
or things you'd recommend changing.
P4D-66 (66MHz, PCI)
16 MB RAM
Gateway-supplied ATI GX64 w/2MB
720 MB IDE disk
IDEK 8617 monitor
Telepath II modem
PAS 16 or SB 16 sound card
Martin Marietta Energy Systems, Workstation Support