Slackware Netfinity Server

Went shopping for a test/build machine last week and found a nice used IBM Netfinity server with 2 processors. Slightly underpowered, but good enough for most functions. And it looks really cool too.

Now building binary packages of all my favorite software on Slackware Linux. One thing I couldn’t find was an smp-supported kernel with the distribution which is quite odd since Slackware is considered more of a server or expert oriented distro.

Decided on building my own 2.6 kernel which seems to be working fine, except that I can’t see the two penguins (one for each CPU) at boot time. Some problem with the framebuffer settings which I didn’t bother fixing. I’m tempted to replace the Dell desktop I’m using with one of these.