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OSNews: Linux on the AMD Opteron: Are We Ready?

Sep 24, 2003, 01:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Minvielle)

"Early last week I received an AMD Opteron 240 and an Asus SK8N motherboard. I was so anxious to get Linux on it I could hardly sit still... A week later, Linux is on it, in 32 bit mode only, and my hard drive has informed me that if I reinstall again it is going to go on strike.

"I will first describe the hardware in general terms, since it has been reviewed in detail at various locations on the net, and then I will go into the good, the bad and the ugly of running Linux for the AMD64, aka Hammer, aka Opteron.

"The AMD Opteron chip is a marvel of silicon technology no doubt. The first thing we note is that unlike the AMD XP series, the die is concealed in a metal casing which covers almost the entire package. Unlike the previous CPU's, there is no 'notch in the pin layout' on the bottom, but a tiny notch in the package itself with an even smaller arrow pointing to the pin that corresponds to the corner of the ZIP (Zero Insertion Force) socket for proper alignment..."

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