Hey all. One of the biggest issues I’ve had with creating linux systems is hardware. Specifically, motherboards. It doesn’t take more then a couple of months for motherboard models to come and go. What does that mean for you and me?
Well, to really make money with linux and NOT WASTE TIME, you need to be able to cookie-cutter the whole process of building the boxes. This requires a bit of consistency on the hardware.
I’ve tried many sources, but I’ve always gravitated to Intel chipsets on the motherboards. I’ve found, time after time, to be the best supported. But you still must be cautious as there are chipsets that may be too new or just not supported out of the distribution without building the drivers.
Yesterday, I did come across a board from ASUS that I really like. It’s the only board that I’ve tried in the past year that has been completely compatible to Centos 5.1 without driver mods or boot command mods. It’s the Asus P5E-VM DO motherboard.
This motherboard works like a charm. The two big things that usually cause problems is the gigabit network card and the hard drive controller. I had no issues with either on Centos. They just worked! Very well as a matter of fact.
There is no fallouts in the network card and the hard drive controller is running at the proper SATA speeds. I use software mirroring quite extensively, because first, it works well and second, it’s really cheap.
So, if you are looking at a good motherboard for Centos, then you need to take a peek at this board. Be sure to get the P5E-VM DO model. There are other models in the P5E line and the chipsets are different.