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Going to put together a mini Folding Farm and want to make sure I won't have too many problems--I am using Mandrake 10.1 which seems to see all my hardware on the current rigs--I will use Kittani's link from the sticky to linux/hardware compatibility to check out my build before ordering bits.

Will I have to do some special configuring to use RAID in Mandrake Linux? Will I need to load drivers and all that BS as in Windows?

Will my Linksys wireless G stuff work with that Distro or will I need to do something special to get that to work?

Would like to be able to share files, resources with the Windows machines on my LAN--is this going to work or cause problems.

Hard to know whether spending money on XP is easier than learning all the ins and outs of Linux RE networking and Folding and all that.

Would anyone with some experience in that be willing to walk me through it when the time comes ( a week or so by the look of it...)? Knowing there is some support would help me make the leap into a Window-free computing environment for my Folding Farm...

Thanks in advance--CyberD
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Going to put together a mini Folding Farm and want to make sure I won't have too many problems--I am using Mandrake 10.1 which seems to see all my hardware on the current rigs--I will use Kittani's link from the sticky to linux/hardware compatibility to check out my build before ordering bits.

Will I have to do some special configuring to use RAID in Mandrake Linux? Will I need to load drivers and all that BS as in Windows?

Will my Linksys wireless G stuff work with that Distro or will I need to do something special to get that to work?

Would like to be able to share files, resources with the Windows machines on my LAN--is this going to work or cause problems.

Hard to know whether spending money on XP is easier than learning all the ins and outs of Linux RE networking and Folding and all that.

Would anyone with some experience in that be willing to walk me through it when the time comes ( a week or so by the look of it...)? Knowing there is some support would help me make the leap into a Window-free computing environment for my Folding Farm...

Thanks in advance--CyberD
Well I am by no means an expert, but I can say that yes, it will take longer then you think to get it setup correctly. I can run wireless internet fine running Fedora Core 4. Thought currently I am running it with a virtual machine, so I imagine you will have more problems with drivers then I did with the virtual machine.

I am still trying to learn how to share files from linux to windows and vice versa. If you have some time on your hands go for it. Its turning out to be quite the project for me
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From my limited Linux experience I have learned that using hardware RAID (or pseudo-hardware RAID like the Intel controllers use) with Linux gives hell when installing it (need to have some special stuff, commands...beyond my knowledge). I gave on it pretty quickly. I've heard it's better to set up a RAID array within Linux.

I don't know about the wireless thing.

Although I never networked with Linux, I know it is somehow possible to share files/docs by using a software package named Samba (no experience with.. just knows it exists).

Let's hope a Linux experts wanders in this tread soon
    
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Will I have to do some special configuring to use RAID in Mandrake Linux? Will I need to load drivers and all that BS as in Windows?
I beleive it depends on the version of Linux. On most there is the option to set up a RAID array when installing. I'm guessing this would be the easiest way to do one. I have never set one up RAID in Linux with it already installed so sorry I can't help you there.

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Will my Linksys wireless G stuff work with that Distro or will I need to do something special to get that to work?
Depends if Mandrake has that driver already for your wireless router or hub. If not there is most likely a driver out for it on the net, so on another computer you would have to get it and install it. If their is not driver period then try using an older Linksys wireless driver and see if it still some how works. If this still does not work then I have no clue. Thats the problem with Linux sometimes your hardware is not always supported.

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Would like to be able to share files, resources with the Windows machines on my LAN--is this going to work or cause problems.

Hard to know whether spending money on XP is easier than learning all the ins and outs of Linux RE networking and Folding and all that.
Yes you can set up a network between a Linux and Windows machine, however, I do not know much at all about networking, sorry. Satansmurf or someone should be able to help you there I think though.

Linux will be a bit hard at first but stick with it. Its b/c your so use to Windows that learning Linux seems just that much harder. Hope I was able to help with atleast some of your questions.
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in theory if your mobo sets up a hardware RAID then the OS should just see a single HDD volume (or partitions on a single HDD)....linux will let you set up a software RAID system if your machine does not have a RAID controller onboard....I only even created a RAID 5 using 3 partitions on the ony HDD....no point to it but just testing to see if I could My advice would be if your mobo has RAID then use that rather than the software RAID, though if this causes hassles the linux software RAID is not too bad (better than windows version of software RAID anyhoo)

As for wireless, I havent played with wireless in linux so I couldnt say but I guess if it finds your network card and you can specify an IP and gateway then it should work no problem.

As for file sharing.....this is no problem with Samba...I havnt played much with Mandrake linux (Mandriva) but check this site out it may help u
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Like I thught--this might take some yime--thanks for your help--I'll give it a try--prolly.
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linux is worth it if you take the time.....

I havent got too far into it...just far enough to set up my network and hardware....but I'm about to start working through the CompTIA Linux+ course guides etc. and hopefully become an open source guru
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linux is worth it if you take the time.....

I havent got too far into it...just far enough to set up my network and hardware....but I'm about to start working through the CompTIA Linux+ course guides etc. and hopefully become an open source guru
Cheers to that!
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