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Date:      Tue, 30 Oct 2007 14:04:29 +1100
From:      "Terry Sposato" <terry@sucked-in.com>
To:        "'Eric Crist'" <mnslinky@gmail.com>, "'User Questions'" <freebsd-questions@freebsd.org>
Subject:   RE: Recommended servers for FreeBSD
Message-ID:  <000001c81aa1$98ec02c0$cac40840$@com>
In-Reply-To: <301DD680-2AA7-4AE3-8681-DC0DF48E0B00@gmail.com>
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On Oct 29, 2007, at 2:15 PM, Byung-Hee HWANG wrote:

> Hello,
>
> On Mon, 2007-10-29 at 12:05 -0500, Eric Crist wrote:
>> On Oct 29, 2007, at 11:04 AM, Byung-Hee HWANG wrote:
>>
>> How do HP servers compare to Dell?  We're Dell fans here, but always
>> willing to look at something better.
>
> I do not know about Dell well. However i *really* want to use Dell  
> if i
> have a chance. I think Dell is also good friend of FreeBSD.
>

If  you're looking for a Dell recommendation, I'll give you one.   
I've had nothing but great luck with them.  So far, all their  
hardware I've tried to use has been supported.  There are rumors that  
their newest systems have gigabit network cards that FreeBSD doesn't  
have a stable driver for, so you're forced to install an Intel or  
other one in one of the available PCI slots.

RAID works great, hot swap and the whole works.  Even the RAID  
battery status comes up in dmesg appropriately.

We tend to use used systems, as we're not in need of the fastest  
systems out there, but we're looking at buying a couple brand-new  
within the next month or so.  If you're interested, trying buying a  
box on eBay (great prices), and you'll be pleasantly surprised.

HTH!
-----
Eric F Crist
Secure Computing Networks


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Sorry for the awkward posting but I am at work so hence using a Windows
machine with Outlook.
I have attached a dmesg output of a Dell 2950 machine we recently purchased
and have running flawlessly on FreeBSD amd64 6.2-RELEASE.
Everything works great, didn't have to fiddle around with anything, GENERIC
kernel picked up everything also.

Cheers,

Terry




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