[linux] A linux distro for my Athlon64

peter woodman pjjw at u.washington.edu
Mon Oct 25 15:31:08 PDT 2004

I think Debian is a pretty swell distribution, though I have no idea
what the status of it is for amd64 - I think support is pretty decent,

On Oct 25, 2004, at 3:28 PM, Doug McLean wrote:

> 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. :p


> Besides gentoo, are there any other suggestions? If not, I will give

> gentoo a crack.


> Doug McLean

> CSS Systems Administrator

> University of Washington, Bothell

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


> 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:



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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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