[linux] A linux distro for my Athlon64
Brian C. Parkhurst
brianp at u.washington.edu
Mon Oct 25 15:36:36 PDT 2004
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It's a bit involved, I'll admit, but you'll gain a tremendous
performance advantage. (compiled to your platform).
A colleague of mine is currently running on Gentoo on his opteron
system and been thrilled at the speed. He's been a bit disappointed
on some of the packages that aren't compilable (sp?) on amd64 yet but
it's a try it and see route there.
Download the livecd for amd64 and boot the basic system and follow
the manual from there. Be ready to spend a weekend on it as it can
be a bit confusing at first.
Gentoo uses a package based system similar to the freebsd's ports
The most common command is emerge (retrieve/compile a package).
Look at the packages.gentoo.org page for a specific package for amd64
if you want a specific tool. (e.g. openoffice, firefox, etc.)
Note that the masking information can be confusing at first amd64
means stable and well tested ~amd64 means possibly unstable not well
tested and - means not tested/supported. That doesn't mean you can't
try it yourself.
Brian C. Parkhurst
UW Medicine IT Services
University of Washington
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Seattle, WA 98115-2024
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[mailto:linux-bounces at mailman.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Doug
Sent: Monday, October 25, 2004 3:28 PM
To: Linux/Unix Users Group at the UW
Subject: Re: [linux] A linux distro for my Athlon64
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
Besides gentoo, are there any other suggestions? If not, I will give
gentoo a crack.
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
> ANDREW SPOTT
> Brian C. Parkhurst wrote:
>> Gentoo Linux.
>> Brian C. Parkhurst
>> Systems Programmer
>> UW Medicine IT Services
>> University of Washington
>> 9725 3rd Ave NE #400
>> Seattle, WA 98115-2024
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>> [mailto:linux-bounces at mailman.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Doug
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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
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