[oclug] Linux on Opteron?
bart-oclug at jukie.net
Tue Nov 11 11:24:44 EST 2003
* Martin Hicks <mort at bork.org> [031111 10:02]:
> Debian runs on everything. The amd64 distro is not done yet, but I'm
> sure it's usable. Ask Bart Trojanowski for more details.
I guess it depends on what you are running right now.
- SuSE is probably the most polished ATM.
- Mandrake and RedHat have had downloadable ISOs available at some point.
- Gentoo, IIRC, started supporting it a few months back.
- Debian is a work in progress.
You will get a significant boost in performance from running a 64bit
kernel and 32bit user space -- any distribution will offer this, and if
not you can just recompile the kernel/modutils/mod-init-tools.
Some apps will actually run slower if they are 64bit, but not that you
would notice anyway. For SMP systems (subject reads Opteron, so I
figure you want this) I would suggest using the 2.6 kernel.
I only have experience with Debian on AMD64. There is an #amd64 channel
on irc.freenode.net, you could find our more info there.
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