[rescue] Time to replace the IPX

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Sat Dec 20 18:08:18 CST 2003

On Nov 25, 2003, at 11:34 AM, Scott Newell wrote:
> 	I've been using an ancient IPX at work for a few years now, and it's 
> time
> to upgrade.  I'm looking for recommendations.
> 	I'd like:
> a faster box
> runs OpenBSD or NetBSD
> can use 1.6" SCA drives (used SCA seems to be good value at 9-18GB)
> fairly quiet
> not too hot running
> 100Mbit ethernet (without dongles/AUI transceivers)
> able to boot headless
> not too pricey  (<$100 would be great)
> bonus points for spiffy RISC arch
> not too big (say, smaller than a full tower)
> 	The main uses of the box will be to run CVS, Samba, dhcpd, and apache 
> (low
> volume internal static webpages).  Sometime in the future it'll be 
> called
> on to also handle some low volume cgi and database stuff.  The IPX is 
> out
> of disk space on the internal 4GB drive, and Samba is pretty sluggish
> (compared to the PCs on the 100Mbit network).
> 	My OS requirements seem to eliminate SGI, and I suspect anything Alpha
> based will be either too hot or too noisy.  Sun Ultra 1E?  What about 
> HP or
> IBM?

   I recommend a Sun Ultra30, but that's a physically large box.  It 
meets all your other qualifications though, and they're *wonderful* 


Dave McGuire                      "My tummy hurts now, but my soul
St. Petersburg, FL                 feels a little better."     -Ed

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