Re: SCO OpenServer 6.0 and Dell Poweredge 2800
From: Ian Wilson (scobloke2_at_infotop.co.uk)
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2005 09:04:28 +0000 (UTC)
> For the latest version of SCO OpenServer 6.0, not much user comments
> can be found on the Internet.
> We will purchase Dell PowerEdge 2800 for running SCO Unix. Right now,
> we are using OpenServer 5.06. We want to know whether it's worth to
> upgrade the OS to 6.0?
> Will it be compatible?
> On the SCO hardware list, I can see PowerEdge 2800 is certified with
> OpenServer 5.06. But for OpenServer 6.0, no Dell server is certified.
> Thanks for any comments!
It appears Dell haven't submitted any hardware for certification. There
is a reasonable choice of certified harware from IBM and HP.
Googling suggests that the Dell PowerEdge 2800 may be OK although people
have problems with CD-RW and suggest obtaining a plain CD-ROM drive for
the install. Also there may be problems obtaining OSR6 drivers for some
of Dell's PERC RAID controllers and maybe some of their on-board LAN
adapters. I'd plan to fill a couple of PCI slots with Adaptec/Intel
As a reference point: I just installed OSR6 + MP1 + EFS on a HP Proliant
ML350 G4, which is certified with no notes about any non-functioning
parts. Unexpectedly, OSR6 won't recognise the parallel port on this
machine so I have been forced into using a workaround using the USB port
for attaching a local laser printer. I also had to tweak the video
settings for a 17" TFT monitor to get the correct resolution. Other than
that it seems fine. So even certified hardware may need some extra time
spending on configuration.
Based on other comments I've seen in this newsgroup, I'd also consider
the IBM xSeries.