View Full Version : [ubuntu] Ubuntu on a Dell Poweredge 1600SC?

August 12th, 2009, 03:14 AM
I have the opportunity to purchase a lightly used Dell Poweredge 1600SC server used for $200. It has an XEON 2.8ghz processor, over 3GB's memory and a 36GB SCSI (10,000 RPM) disk.

I was thinking of installing Ubuntu regular desktop edition and running it as a kind of "fast" high end machine.

My question is, will I run into problems installing Ubuntu?

The only downside of this machine I can see is that I would need to install a decent graphics card (supports PCI only).

Would Ubuntu see the SCSI disk? Would this machine run fast and reliable?

Or am I wasting my time considering this server to use as a desktop?

Thanks, Terry

October 15th, 2009, 10:35 AM
I'm writing to you from one of my PE1600SC machines at the moment which has a copy of Ubuntu 9.04 running on it (will be upgraded to 9.10 in a couple of weeks).

The install was a standard Next, Next, Next and appears to work fine. I have had a look in System > Preferances > Hardware drivers and there doesn't appear to be any need to proprieatry drivers it all just works.

October 20th, 2009, 05:34 AM
I once wanted to move a Dell MoBo into a different case. A quick
measure stopped me quick. Dell is always coming up with ways to make a
PC quicker and being standard to the rest of the world isn't always on
the top ten requirements list.

Unless you can measure it up before hand the odds may not be in your
favor without some metal working once you get it. Dell motherboards
are contracted and so can have any number of unique OEM features and
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