[linux] A linux distro for my Athlon64

Doug McLean dougmc at u.washington.edu
Mon Oct 25 15:28:01 PDT 2004

Hi guys,

So far, gentoo's the way to go, but I am leary of having to learn an
entirely different distro, let alone one that's pretty different. I
looked at the gentoo page and installation looks confusing right there.


Besides gentoo, are there any other suggestions? If not, I will give
gentoo a crack.

Doug McLean
CSS Systems Administrator
University of Washington, Bothell

Meanwhile, in Gotham, Andrew Spott wrote:

> I second that... just remember to read the amd64 howto on the gentoo linux

> doc pages... they contain some edits to the installation howto that need to

> be followed to get things to compile.




> Brian C. Parkhurst wrote:




>> Gentoo Linux.



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>> [mailto:linux-bounces at mailman.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Doug

>> McLean

>> Sent: Monday, October 25, 2004 3:03 PM

>> To: linux at u.washington.edu

>> Subject: [linux] A linux distro for my Athlon64


>> Hi guys,


>> It's been a little while since I posted to this list.


>> I recently bought/assembled an Athlon64 machine (with an MSI FSR 800

>> mobo,

>> VIA K8T chipset). I have a serial ATA drive on there, with some

>> space to

>> throw Linux on there, but I also have a legacy IDE hard drive that at

>> one

>> point had Slackware on it.


>> At this point, I want to put something Linux-y on this machine so

>> I've

>> tried:


>> Fedora Core2 (at first i386, then later for 64-bit Athlons)

>> FreeBSD 5.2.1 (the 64-bit Athlon port)

>> Slackware 10 (this just flat out didn't work)


>> All of them run into various problems installing themselves on either

>> the

>> SATA drive or on the legacy IDE drive. The problems all stem from

>> problems writing to the drives, or reading from the CD-Rom drive

>> (which

>> like the IDE drive has worked on other computers with Linux). I kept

>> the

>> IDE drive installed thinking that maybe something could at least get

>> installed there, but I run into problems nevertheless. I think the

>> Motherboard is the issue.


>> I think I have to wait a bit for Linux support for my motherboard to

>> catch

>> up, but being impatient, I was wondering if anyone had any experience

>> getting Linux to work in a stable way on Athlon64 systems, especially

>> with

>> MSI boards.


>> Does anyone recommend a distro (including FreeBSD) that potentially

>> will

>> have the best support in the future?


>> Thanks all!


>> Doug McLean

>> CSS Systems Administrator

>> University of Washington, Bothell

>> http://staff.washington.edu/dougmc/pgp.html





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