A New Arrival

My new (used) Poweredge 6400 arrived today — a new dawn of technical complexity, electrical power consumption and noise pollution has arrived in the Sponge household.

The first technical challenge is what name to give to the machine? In accordance with my own conventions it has to be that of a London train station, and because it is short, wide, and dressed in black I immediately thought it looks like a Victoria. Unfortunately I already have one of those, so I think it’ll have to be “Waterloo”.

It’ll be a fine chance to give a brief history lesson on the Empire’s Days of Glory to my mob of ungrateful foreign colonial children.

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17 thoughts on “A New Arrival

  1. I was kind of hoping that my presentation might inspire some thoughts about PX, not cause a run on used multi-CPU servers, leading to price rises ;-)

    Enjoy!

  2. Doug, yes it inspired the thought that I need a quad box to properly haul your theories over hot coals, lest I be accused of being a PC-based script kiddie :D

    Tom, what o/s are you running on your imaginatively named PE? I had a successful installation of Solaris 10 on an old commodity PC yesterday evening, and was considering that or Whitebox. thoughts?

  3. Personally having used Whitebox, I’d probably be tempted to go for Centos next time, just because it seems to have more current support.

    Then again, I’m severely tempted to try Solaris 10, if only to muck about with dtrace a bit.

  4. I think the problem with Solaris 10 would be driver support — it’s not on the official o/s list for these servers so I can’t imagine there being much demand.

    h’mmm, Centos … *strokes-chin* … interesting …

  5. I am currently doing the Roman Emperors, and up up to Vespasian, though Domitian got called up a bit early because I had a brain spasm and got confused.

    I strongly second Doug’s suggestion of Centos, even though he meant Fedora. I absolutely wouldn’t have seconded an actual suggestion for Fedora. Centos has good community-based support, much more so than Whitebox, sad to say. Works a treat, and of course Oracle runs perfectly on it.

    If you feel like something a bit more ‘user-y’ and a bit less ‘boring server-y’, then Suse 10 gets my vote. It’s lovely, it’s bright green, it comes with Chameleon wallpaper, and it also runs Oracle perfectly.

    I like Solaris 10, too, though. But it ain’t so easy!

  6. Well, given that he’s probably tried every known distribution, I suppose I’ll be following HJRs advice and going for Centos too.

    What I found strange about Whitebox was a lack of obvious GUI sys admin tools. I remember using various distros in the past where the default installation seemed packed with utilities in comparison. Maybe it’s because most of them were versions of Suse?

  7. Looking at the calendar, you could call it ‘Patrick’ or simply ‘Guiness’ ;))

    Cheers.

    Carlos.

  8. mornington, clearly is the only appropriate choice for a machine that needs to conform to unspoken arbitrary rules.

    Niall

  9. Tsh tsh Niall, the first rule of Mornington Crescent is that you don’t talk about Mornington Crescent. Except under the Swedish Inversion Rule, naturally.

  10. I think you’re allowed to if you’re in Spoon, and the Hangar Lane Gyratory is wild. (It usually is). But I agree that Niall wasn’t in Spoon, and in any case you can’t double back on the A4 like that. So he shouldn’t have.

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