Topic: legacy build assistance needed

I'm doing a build to run Linux distro releases that use kernels 2.4.31 through 2.6.29.6. I've chosen to trial NetSecL 2.6, and need to look over the list of hardware supported by kernel 2.6.28.8, as well as any change logs, .config files, etc., to ensure this build will support it, and uncover any incompatibilities in my parts-list. Help is appreciated.

Re: legacy build assistance needed

What kind of legacy hardware do you have/plan to have?

Re: legacy build assistance needed

CONSOLE- Requirements:full-size tower;at least eight 5.25" external bays;seven expansion slots...ports:2eSATA, 2 firewire, 8 USB2.0, & headphones jack. Would like one 3.5 external bay. Prefer construction of steel frame & aluminum panels, but will settle for all steel or all aluminum. Would like to make PC quiet. Looking at:
Cooler master STC-TO1-UWK
" " RC-810-SKN1
Thermaltake VA8003BWS
Xigmatek CCC-HSA0DS-U01
Antec Twelve Hundred

CASE FANS-
Enermax Marathon Enlobal UC-12EB
Noctua NF-F12 120mm

*CPU-
Phenom X4 9850 (95W)

CPU FAN-
Noctua NH-D14
Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO
Zalman CNPS1OX

PSU- Various power calculators say I need 650 to 675W, but I'm wanting a bit more. Choices are:
Seasonic 760W 80Plus Platinum SS-760XP2
Corsair TX750
Kingwin LZP-750
Corsair AX-760

MOTHERBOARD- in order of preference:
GA-MA770-UD3
GA-MA770-DS3P
GA-MA790X-UD4
GA-MA790X-UD4P
GA-MA790FX-DS3
GA-MA790FX-UD5P

MEMORY- Depends on board chosen, but I want the high end sort, and to fill all DIMM sockets...if anyone wants to recommend memory modules for the five boards above, please do!

NIC CARD- in order of preference:
DGE-528T
Intel EXPI9301CTBLK PRO/1000
Netgear GA302T
Startech ST1000BT32

*SOUND CARD-
Asus Xonar D2

*GRAPHICS CARD-
Either Geforce 6800GS or 6800GT (PCIe x16, 256 to 512MB)

VIDEO CAPTURE CARD- Must include 'framegrabber' function.
No idea! Suggestions welcomed for PCI or PCIe card type.

SATA DVD (3Gb/s) BURNER- I'm considering Plextor PX-880SA, but welcome suggestions, just no Sony brand.

SATA HARD DISC DRIVE- SATA 3Gb/s & 750GB required. Maybe:
WD7500AVCS
WD 7500AAKS-OOBA0

SATA HDD MOBILE RACKS- Maybe:
Kingwin KF-201-DF
" KF-1000-BK
SNT-SAS136B
Vantec MRK-300ST-BK
iStarUSA T5F-SS
iRack MRA300

5.25" BAY DEVICE-
Lian Li BZ-UO1

5.25" HDD COOLER- Want two to fit between the three HDDs.
Akust 5.25 PC Front Grill Cooler #FG00-0037-AKS
Lian Li 5.25" Triple 40mm Extreme Bay Cooler
Evercool 5.25 Cross Flow Fan

EXTERNAL HDD DOCKING STATION- For making backups. Prefer eSATA or firewire
Orico 6618SUS-BK
Rosewill RX-DUS100

FLOPPY DRIVE- For internal floppy drive connector.
Bytecc BT-145
NEC FD1231

PCI/PCIe EXPANSION CARDS- Depends on motherboard chosen, and which chips Linux rejects, but will likely need at least eSATA and Firewire cards that work with Linux:
LaCie eSATA PCI Card #130823
Startech PEX1394B3 Firewire PCIE Card

LCD MONITOR- Require 1024x768. No touchscreen.
ViewEra V151HV-B

MOUSE-
Microsoft Intellimouse Explorer

KEYBOARD-
Microsoft Multimedia Keyboard

WIRED ROUTER- Require NAT & SPI;gigabit WAN.
TP Link TL-R600VPN
Netgear FVS336G
Trendnet TWG-BRF114
Cisco Linksys RVS-4000

UPS- It must cover minimum 675W, and have quiet operation.
Cyberpower CP1350PFCLCD
APC BR1500 LCD

MEMORY CARD READER-
Plugable Technologies Plugable 2.0

SCANNER-
Canon Canoscan LIDE 30

COLOR INKJET PRINTER- Require each color to have separately replaceable ink cartridge; above average color graphics & photo print quality, & easy Linux setup. Much prefer single-function printers.
HP Officejet Pro 800 Enterprise
" " 6000 Wireless Printer
Epson WF7010

MONOCHROME LASER PRINTER- Require double sided printing (auto-duplex), use reasonably priced toner, have above average text print quality. Single-function printers much preferred.
Brother HL-2040
" HL-5370DW
Dell 2350D
" 3330DN
HP Laserjet Pro 400 M401DN
" " " " M401DNE
" " " P1606DN
Xerox Phaser 3250


* These components are already decided on, so its very unlikely I'll change them.

Last edited by Vetus (2013-12-24 02:02:34)

Re: legacy build assistance needed

This seems pretty good hardware - I really don't get why you would use older version of the distribution. Is there any reason? I would suggest using the new version, actually I'm currently working on a new version based on Opensuse 12.3 so anything compatible with that is OK. I can share a beta with you if you are interested? And as far as I searched from the components you choose most are - so I would suggest checking on that on google. The most important parts are the MB/Chipset as support and the video, but I don't think you will have any issues if you do the research on OpenSuse first.

Re: legacy build assistance needed

netseclteam wrote:

This seems pretty good hardware - I really don't get why you would use older version of the distribution. Is there any reason? I would suggest using the new version, actually I'm currently working on a new version based on Opensuse 12.3 so anything compatible with that is OK. I can share a beta with you if you are interested? And as far as I searched from the components you choose most are - so I would suggest checking on that on google. The most important parts are the MB/Chipset as support and the video, but I don't think you will have any issues if you do the research on OpenSuse first.

Please note that I recently discovered that the 2.6.28.8 kernel in NetSecL 2.6 could not handle Phenom II X6, so this required downgrading to Phenom X4 9850, which then required changing the motherboards. This is the reason for the edit of my parts-list.

The reason is that various 'Trusted Computing' crud has entered into all versions of the kernel. The majority of it (and the worst of the lot) at kernel 2.6.30 onwards. I view this as TCG/Intel/Microsoft maleware, and cannot tolerate it. I can find only three ways to deal with it. The best solution would be to learn how to rebuild the kernel and delete/erase it entirely. Unfortunately far beyond the skill level of a newbie to undertake. Second way would be to find a 'gun-for-hire' Linux Guru, and pay him to eradicate it from the kernel. Possible, but I'm not holding my breath waiting! Last solution is to simply downgrade the kernel to 2.6.29 or prior. This is my answer. Not the best solution, but the only one currently practical.

Re: legacy build assistance needed

I see, interesting. Well if you need any help let me know. From what you wrote I understand you already have installed it successfully after the CPU change. If you have interest in something newer let me know or if you need. Any help with the old version even.