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Linux Journal: This Linux Box Is Too Loud!

Jul 14, 2004, 11:30 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Marti)

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"The first rule of Linux box quieting is there's a balance between silence, coolness and power. Servers aren't noisy to impress customers; they're noisy because they're designed to stay cool even if some fans fail, so they have more and bigger fans than they need.

"Outside the server room, though, silence is golden.

"When starting this article, the home office where the victim PC lives measured about 41 dBA with the computer off and 49 dBA with the computer on. The goal is to get the box quiet enough that it's not noticeable in its normal environment. A system for a factory floor or a recording studio would be handled differently..."

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