> 1) I assume FreeBSD will run very nicely on a "Pentium Pro". Is it
> correct that still no dual-CPU system of any kind is supported?
> (is it by NetBSD?) The FAQ (http://cynjut.neonramp.com) is marked
> 'out of date' on this point.
It will run very nicely on that Pentium Pro. There is experimental SMP
support that will also probably run fairly well on it, but you'll be out
on the bleeding edge. :-) I hear they're still having some trouble with
Quote:> 2) What kind of performance increase can I expect of your average
> SCSI drive over (shudder!) EIDE? The former is unfortunately a
> lot more expensive.
If you're doing a lot of I/O, you may expect significant performance
increases with SCSI. With a SCSI drive & controller, the CPU can just
say "Hey, you, you're pretty smart - go get me these blocks and stick
'em here in memory. And let me know when you're done, I'm off to do
other things." All the early (and/or cheap) IDE drives require
considerably more in the way of handshaking for every byte transferred -
they're not smart enough to do it all by themselves and they need a lot
of the CPU's help. Some of the more modern IDE drives are a bit more
intelligent where this is concerned, though still no match for SCSI when
it comes to stringing lots of disk, tape & CD devices in a line and not
having them fight for the bus (assuming they all support bus
attach/detach properly, and all but the really old ones do).
All around, SCSI just *better* than IDE. :-)
Quote:> 3) Is there anything else I should know? I would really like a nice
> FreeBSD machine. I will be grateful for any advice.
Get yourself a nice Matrox Millenium 4Mb card since appearance is also
- Jordan Hubbard
FreeBSD core team / Walnut Creek CDROM.