OpenSolaris on a new Shuttle SFF

A new week, a new OpenSolaris install experience...

Picked up a new replacement 'everything' server last week, a Shuttle SN68SG2. The intent is to upgrade my main work server, and take advantage of some latest technologies:

  • Multi-core lower-power AMD CPU
  • OpenSolaris xVM technology for virtualization right on top of hardware hypervisor
  • Gigabit Ethernet (I tend to schlep a lot of big .iso images from box to box here)

So I tricked this box out (under $500!) as follows:

  • AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ (2.5GHz, dual-core, 65W) CPU
  • 2 x 2GB DDR2 400 memory
  • 250GB SATA disk

Installing the latest Nevada (nv78), went fairly well, except for the NIC. The rundown:

  • CPU/memory: works (frkit isn't happy with dual-core, but that's a known issue)
  • SATA: works!
  • Audio: not yet tested [update: it works]
  • USB 2.0: works
  • Firewire: not yet tested
  • Onboard graphics: works great with bundled nVidia driver, driving 1680x1050 Benq monitor
  • Onboard NIC (nVidia 630a chipset): 'nge' driver did not recognize this chipset, but Murayama-san's 'nfo' 2.X driver does (once again, Arigato Gozaimashita, Murayama-san!)
Next step: playing with xVM (which this CPU allows via AMD-V). Stay tuned.


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