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Date:      Tue, 10 Oct 1995 16:45:35 -0700 (PDT)
From:      Jim Dixon <>
To:        Nathan Stratton <>
Subject:   Re: NEWS server
Message-ID:  <Pine.BSD/>
In-Reply-To: <>

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On Tue, 10 Oct 1995, Nathan Stratton wrote:

> I am using a 486 DX4 100 with 64 Meg ram running FreeBSD as our news 
> erver. Thsi box has been slow and crashes a lot. So this is the question. 

We are just about to build a news machine to just that spec, so your
problems are of considerable interest to us.  Our experience has been
that 486-100s on news machines hover around the 85% idle level and that
their performance is limited by the bandwidth to the disks.  What sort
of drives are you running and how are they set up?

> Should I upgrade to a P133 with 128 Megs ram or a Sparc 5 110 MHZ with 
> 128 megs ram. If I go with the Sparc can I run FreeBSD on it?

These may be the wrong questions.

Jim Dixon                                 
VP Engineering  VBCnet West Inc  408 971 2682  fax 408 971 2684

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