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What is the Best Linux for IBM xseries 255 86856RX?

Posted on 2009-12-18
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I have bought a used IBM xseries 255 86856RX with no software, and I would like to install on it Linux, but I would like to know which is better for this type of servers (Comptability, Performances, and Drivers), is it the Debian Linux or Suse Linux?
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Instead of asking which OS is best to install, Could you answer what the purpose for this is?  Are you setting it up as a desktop for you to use, as a server to perform specific tasks, LAPM (Linux, Apache, PHP and MySQL)?

Are you using the build-in raid or is the harddrive running in  a JBOD mode?

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Sorry for that but I want to set it up as a server (oracle, tomcat, iptables, and astrik), I also think as it is for intel zein then I need the x864 64 bit release correct? so which OS you advice me?
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It is all up to your preference and prior experience.  Centos is RedHat based.  Personally having oracle in the mix I would recommend centos. Check the oracle site for their recommendations/supported OS list. Any OS you pick should be installed without running in graphical mode (inittab initstate set to 3 versus the default graphical mode 5.

Either 64 or 32 bit os will install without a problem provided the RAID/HD drivers are included in the distribution which they should be.
You can check the IBM.com site for downloads/updates.
They have drivers for various distributions.

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But why should I disable the graphic mode?  wouldn't it be easier to administrate the server in graphics mode?
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arnold earned 2000 total points
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It might be simpler to administer with the graphical mode but no less simpler than performing the same tasks via the text based interface, but the graphical mode will use resources that you might not need.  Depending on how you are accessing the system console or via ssh, you can always run startx to get the GUI interface provided via ssh you have an X-server.  Oracle to some extent can be managed through the web interface provided you set it up.  And if memory serves, the Oracle install is a gui type of install.

When it is running as a server and you are not logged, there is no reason why the desktop UI, among others should be running as well. Depending on which desktop you choose, Gnome, KDE, etc. one uses up more memory resources than others.

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