Re: Building a cheap testbed server
From: John Bleichert (syborg_at_earthlink.net)
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 19:01:18 GMT
Margaret MacDonald <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> I'm a longtime supporter of the freeBSD project, but the last time I
> actually had a copy up and running it was on a 486x2 EISA box, which
> tells you how long ago THAT was!
> Now I need to build a testbed webserver (Apache and MySQL) for a
> project I'm working on, and want to do it cheaply. I have an ASUS
> TX97 mboard with a Pentium 200MHz MMX chip and 128Mb plus some
> semi-retired SCSI disks that should work okay. I'm planning to use
> fBSD 5.3 unless there's some reason I should stay with the 4.n tree.
> But I'll need to buy a video card for the system, since my Matrox G550
> now lives in my dev machine. In the past, I've just accepted the
> limitations of straight vga since i'm used to text-mode unix anyway,
> but I wouldn't actually *mind* being able to run 768x1024 or better
> and use Motif. The problem, though, is that (back then, at least) the
> Intel drivers for higher resolutions tended to be buggy, or only
> available for a few cards, or cost the earth, or have some other
> discouraging problem.
> Is there a PCI video card that stands out as the best (low price/solid
> driver) choice these days, or is it all still a mess?
> Many thanks for any help!
Any of the lower-line nVidia cards should work fine, nVidia ships
native drivers for FreeBSD that seem to work really well. I've used
them on an nforce rig and a GeForce32 rig, both with 4.11 though 5.3
is currently supported:
The V9250 cards from ASUS can be found for about $50 on the internet
though I'm sure there are less expensive cards available for which the
free/oss drivers work fine.
HTH - JB
John Bleichert - email@example.com
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