[CentOS] modern motherboard for centos-5

Mon Jul 6 01:44:55 UTC 2009
fred smith <fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us>

On Sun, Jul 05, 2009 at 09:03:59PM +0800, The Eye In The Sky wrote:
> fred smith wrote:
> > I'm considering upgrading, and am trying to choose a modern motherboard
> > that nevertheless fully works with Centos5/RHEL5.
> >
> > Though I'm partial to AMD processors, and would like to use one in my
> > new configuration, that's not a requirement, if the most appropriate
> > board happens to be intel-compatible. 
> >   
> Personally, for consumer  grade motherboard, I prefer to use Gigabyte or 
> MSI.
> Between those two, MSI is more USB boot friendly. I boot many 
> implementations with USB SysLinux without problem with MSI, but 
> problematic with Gigabyte.
> For AMD, I recommend to get any with AMD 780G chipset, the reasons are :
> a. already has built in low entry 3D capable graphic unit, and has DVI 
> output in case you want to use them with large LCD screen
> b. the SATA chipset brought by the AMD SB700 or SB750 is compatible with 
> VMWare ESX 4.0i, thus can be made as local VMFS storage. My CentOs is 
> always above VMware ESX now.
> > However, given the way ASUS is dumping LInux and crawling more firmly
> > into bed with the Beast, I'd prefer to avoid ASUS boards.
> >   
> Long time never used the Asus board anymore, thus cannot comment.

Thanks for your thoughts.

My current system is a Gigabyte and I've been quite happy with it. Looking
around at Newegg, I see this board:


that while inexpensive appears to be full-featured, at least for anything
I'd do with it. But I can't find anything online relating to Linux
compatibility. It uses AMD chips for north- and south-bridges, AMD770
and AMD SB710.

I suppose I could just buy it and find out, but that could get expensive,
what with re-stocking fees, and all.

Phoronix tends to review higher-end boards than this, mostly, and they also
consider it to be "linux compatible" if it works with the latest/greatest
as-yet-unreleased Ubuntu. 

But I like to stick with Centos beecause I hate getting caught up in the
"update every six-to-twelve months" whether I like it or not treadmill. I
like to build a system and have it run for 2 or 3 years before I need
to do a major OS upgrade, and Fedora and Ubuntu do not lend themselves
well to that way of living.

> > I see that NewEgg has some combo deals at reasonable prices, but I
> > can't tell which chipsets/boards are known to work with centos5 and
> > which aren't.
> >
> > Just at random, here's one of their offerings, a Biostar board:
> > http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813138143
> > I've always understood Biostar boards to be cheap, not only in price,
> > but perhaps they're serviceable? 
> I have some cheap BioStar motherboards. Works well, and suitable for 
> lower price desktop built for my friends. All of the running Ubuntu 
> Linux. However none of them running 24x7 thus cannot recommend whether 
> it is suitable for your email server requirements. The oldest possibly 
> about 2 years old. If I recall, I never had any motherboard problem 
> since 2001 and I only used Gigabyte-MSI-Biostar-Palit. Yes, there are 
> some old motherboards who were dead after never been used, but usually 
> they are > 4 years old and becoming rusty after I put them in the store 
> room (very humid here in Singapore).

---- Fred Smith -- fredex at fcshome.stoneham.ma.us ------------------------ ----
                    Do you not know? Have you not heard? 
    The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. 
  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.
----------------------------- Isaiah 40:28 (niv) -----------------------------
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: not available
Type: application/pgp-signature
Size: 189 bytes
Desc: not available
URL: <http://lists.centos.org/pipermail/centos/attachments/20090705/21e1d9c3/attachment-0005.sig>