Plugged in the new server last night and it's a vast improvement on
the old one. Fan noise is almost non-existent when it's idling, and
no matter how much CPU I used, it didn't seem to power up the fans to
maximum even though it was quite a warm evening. Much better than the
jet engine roar that the first one had. The only real noise you can
hear is a whine from the SCSI disks.
Had some problems installing Ubuntu last night. There seems to be
some problem with the CD drive on the Ubuntu server install disk. It
can't mount the disk, after booting from it. I noticed last week that
Aldi had super-cheap DVD burners on sale, so I might drop in and grab
Instead I installed Ubuntu Dapper and attempted to upgrade to
Edgy. There's a nasty
bug with the current version of initrd-tools that causes upgrades
to fail. Worked around it by manually installing a newer version,
which seemed to work.
Then there's the problem with the monitor. I'm using a nasty,
cheap LCD screen I borrowed from my Mum. The video card in the
machine has DVI-out with some kind of adapter attached. Looks like
Ubuntu in Edgy does something tricky that causes it to switch back to
DVI, as all I get on this (d-sub) monitor is digital-looking noise
about halfway through booting. Haven't been able to work out what's
going on, but since there's no X installed, I'm a bit stumped.
I need to buy an LCD monitor anyway, so I'll start looking
Oh yeah, it also seems to have 900 megs of RAM when it was
advertised as only having 500. Very nice. And there's still four
slots left, so I can up that even more. It's RDRAM but you can get
256meg sticks reasonably cheaply, so that's at least another gig.
In other geek news, it turns out my Internode ADSL is actually
connected to one of their DSLAMs. I had been advised I was on a RIM
so my only option was a Telstra port, which means more cost and lower
speed. Not sure what went wrong, but it means I can get ADSL
goodness. For the same price as 8meg/256k ADSL1 I can get (up to)
24meg/2.5meg ADSL2+ with Annex M. Brilliant! Just waiting for the
upgrade to happen now.
So Australia really does have broadband, but it's not offered by
the biggest player. Yes, broadband requires fast speeds in both
directions, in my opinion. It's not television.