People often ask "Why don't you use a laptop?" Reasons to not use a laptop include:
- Laptops don't have PCI, PCI-X or PCI Express slots to accommodate extra NICs, especially for fiber connections.
- Laptops are not designed to run constantly.
- Laptop storage is not as robust as server storage, since laptops usually accommodate up to two internal hard drives, with some capacity for external storage.
- Laptops are consumer devices and not generally built for server-type operations.
Today I think I found the device I needed: NextComputing NextDimension Pro, pictured above. The specs are as follows:
- Single dual-core 2.2 GHz AMD Opteron 275/940
- 4 GB RAM (2 GB x 2, PC3200/400 MHz DDRAM)
- Two Marvell Yukon 88E8052 Gigabit Ethernet
- One NVIDIA nForce4 CK804 MCP9 Networking Adapter (Marvell 88E1111 Gigabit PHY)
- Two 160 GB 7200 RPM SATA 2.5" Seagate Momentus HDDs connected to on-board four port SATA controller
- Four 160 GB 7200 RPM SATA 2.5" Seagate Momentus HDDs connected to PCI-X four port SATA RAID controller
- Four USB 2.0
- Two external SATA ports
- One RS232 serial port and one RS232 serial port with RS422/485 adaptor
- DVD drive
- Two PCI-X slots OR two PCI Express slots OR one PCI-X and one PCI Express; mine has one 16x PCI Express slot and one PCI-X full length slot.
- Graphics out via Nvidia
I tried FreeBSD 7.0-CURRENT-200709-amd64-disc1.iso on this machine and it installed flawlessly. If you want to see dmesg output please visit Dmesgd courtesy of NYCBUG.
Check out the storage available. If I need to I could combine /nsm1 and /nsm2 into /nsm using Gconcat.
$ df -h
Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity Mounted on
/dev/ad4s1a 989M 194M 716M 21% /
devfs 1.0K 1.0K 0B 100% /dev
/dev/ad4s1e 9.7G 24K 8.9G 0% /home
/dev/ad4s1f 77G 4.0K 71G 0% /nsm1
/dev/da0s1d 577G 4.0K 531G 0% /nsm2
/dev/ad4s1g 9.7G 12K 8.9G 0% /tmp
/dev/ad4s1d 39G 1.2G 34G 3% /usr
/dev/ad6s1d 144G 258K 133G 0% /var
I am really pleased FreeBSD 7.0 installs on this machine. I may try the i386 version at some point, but I hope to stick with the AMD64 version if possible.