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Re: [SLE] Why should I buy 64bit hardware ?
  • From: "Jerome R. Westrick" <jerry@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 03 May 2004 10:17:44 +0200
  • Message-id: <1083572264.19480.16.camel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
I've been building 32bit servers like this for years...
In fact I also deliver SOHO servers built along theese

to answer your question:
No there is no reason to buy a 64bit system for the purpose
you describe. Remeber also that a 64 bit system as almost
double the memory requirements, since it needs 2 the space
to store it's data!

Here some tips...

I use Software raid 1 (mirrowed) drives. to protect my
data against the inevitable disk crash.

I use storebackup to protect my data against the
inevitable user error. The storebackup backups to a 3rd

In win/Samba, I avoid "Hot seating" unless I can get all
workstations ot be the same (usually not the case for
home networks).

I use the Yast configuration for email fetchmail, which
lets the server constantly poll my "local" users email
accounts for new mail (24/7). and Use squirrelmail for
"backup" mail access...

I use SSH and VNC (via xinetd) heavily, for example I
only run my email client (evolution) remote on the
server either via "SSH -X", or on a vnc so that all
my emails are in a single client...

Don't forget to look into a "Fax-server", (I use hylafax)
as this will give you faxes to email interface, and save
(for all eternity) all inconing faxes to a directory...

I use fwbuilder to build my firewalls, but I do have
additional (and complicated) firewall needs. maybe the
new SuSE firewall 2 is enough for you...

And last (but not least):
I have several servers that have been running like this
for many years... (for example my mother 'n law, whoose
Celeron 400 has been doing service for 4 years now, or is it 5?)

Jerry Westrick.

On Mon, 2004-05-03 at 09:10, Lenz Grimmer wrote:
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> Hi,
> On Mon, 3 May 2004, Koenraad Lelong wrote:
> > I would like to build my own machine, which is going to serve mail
> > (Postfix, Courier-Imap), web (maybe), files (Samba), proxy (Squid), for
> > my home-network. I hope to have it running for the next 4 to 5 years, if
> > the hardware allows. Since SuSE 9.1 will include 64bit software I'm
> > considering to make the new machine 64bit.
> > Any reason to go (or not) to AMD Athlon64 (or Opteron) ? Comments invited.
> A system with a 64bit address space comes in handy, if you need to access
> very large amounts of memory or need to create extremely big files. So
> far, I have not hit any of these limits on my current home workstation
> (Athlon 1.3 GHz, 512MB RAM), and it too is running 7x24, performing as a
> web and mail server as well as my KDE desktop system. Actually, the
> desktop applications are much more demanding than the server parts in the
> background.
> Performance-wise, a program running on a 64bit CPU can sometimes actually
> be slower than on a 32bit CPU (running on the same frequency), as the
> overhead involved in dealing with 64bit data types and addresses can
> require more CPU cycles. Your mileage may vary - this depends on the
> software.
> So, for a home network, a 64bit machine will most likely be quite an
> overkill. For the above mentioned tasks, a current 32bit system (e.g. some
> fast Athlon XP) should be more than sufficient. Better invest the money
> that you would need to spend extra for the 64bit CPU into more memory/disk
> space and high-quality components (better cooling, extra-silent fans,
> etc).
> Bye,
> LenZ
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