Linux at SLAC
UNIX at SLAC
Linux at SLAC
|Updated: December 06, 2000|
If you want SCS support for your Linux system you need to have a supported hardware configuration. This saves us and you a lot of maintenance time!
Linux supports a lot of the available PC hardware, but not all. If it's new (less than 6 months), rare, or proprietary, you may have problems. Your first visit should be to the Red Hat Hardware Compatibility Lists for help in determining what to buy or if your current system can handle Linux.
Usually, it is the video adapter that is the most problematic. Also, several sound cards are not supported, but this is usually a minor issue for most intended uses.
A good resource for hardware issues is LinuxHardware.net.
DELL LAPTOPS: Paul Raines: "On my Inspiron, I found I had to go into the BIOS setup and set "Plug and Play OS?" to "No" in order to get Linux to see my PCMCIA controller."
Before installation, you need to know exactly what the purpose of the system is. These may also affect your purchase decision.
Get an IP Address
As soon you know where your machine will sit, apply to get an IP address for it from SCS. The forms are at the Help Desk or can be printed from this PDF file.
If you have a laptop, consider using DHCP instead. You will just need to get your Ethernet adapter's hardware address registered. See the DHCP at SLAC page for more details.
Know your system
Although the Red Hat Linux installation program can automatically determine a lot about your hardware, there are still many cases for which it will need you to provide the info. You should find out:
If you have Win95 installed already, you can get the answers to most of these from the "System" control panel. Don't panic if you cannot find out all of the information. Odds are you can get by without it. Just make your best guess.
Have a long term plan
Who will be in charge and take care of things like updates, security, backup and user support?
June 30, 2000, Alf Wachsmann. Last modified: December 06, 2000