We are currently testing a small Atom-based server for use as a hub and were wondering if anybody had any recommendations for a particular Linux distro to work with Nimsoft. We are currently using only Windows-based hubs at this time.
I am a pretty big fan of Ubuntu, both for desktop and server use. The LTS (long term support) versions are supported for five years on the server, so you can deploy them and keep them patched without having to do a major upgrade for quite a while. Sometimes I have problems installing the robot on newer versions of Ubuntu because of the glibc version, but I am not sure if that is an issue on 10.04, which just came out last week and is an LTS release.
I do not know if there are any special considerations about Ubuntu or other distros when running on Atom. I do not have experience with that.
We currently deploy hubs on a build of OpenSUSE (running on Pentium, not Atom), and that has worked well for us. I am not sure how long those versions are supported. I am a fan of Fedora, but I think those versions are supported for only 18 months. CentOS might be a good alternative because each version remains supported as long as the corresponding Red Hat version is supported.
As with all things Linux, you have plenty of options. I am sorry that I cannot address Atom specifically, but hopefully these thoughts can help you make a good choice.
Thanks for the reply, Keith. We went ahead and tested with Debian and were able to get the hub up and running. Was a little worried about our Atom 230 since it supports Intel64, but it can run fine in 32-bit mode w/ an x86 image it appears. Bigger test will be running it at a remote site with a tunnel.
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