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    Question Choosing a motherboard for building Linux systems

    I am building a network of Linux machines that will...
    - behave as routers / WLAN access points / LAN-over mains switches
    - stream audio to and from each other

    The first thing to do is choose which motherboard to buy.

    My target spec is now...

    - audio SPDIF header which has input pin as well as output pin
    - well suited for desktop Debian Linux
    - very common chipset to ensure compatibility
    - doesn't have to be high performance
    - low cost
    - known to be sold in high volumes / commonly used so plenty of Linux drivers
    - ideally dual (or more) LAN ports

    Anybody have any suggestions...?

    Thanks in advance,

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    Linux Guru bigtomrodney's Avatar
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    Nov 2004
    I've had good experience with ASUS boards generally. Though if you're going for ease and value you might consider an all Intel board, certainly easier than having nVidia chipsets.

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    Just Joined! bkovacevich's Avatar
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    Feb 2009
    Alvin Texas USA Sol-3
    FWIW, I just built a new system using a BioStar GF7100P-M7S MoBo & Pentium DC E5200 CPU and it seems to be working flawlessly w/ Fedora 8 - only has 1 LAN onboard (gigabit) but has 2 PCI slots so you could easily add another gigabit LAN card, since those are pretty cheap now.

    Not sure where you are, but cost for the MoBo at Fry's Electronics here was $60 USD (and the gigabit LAN PCI cards are going for about $5 USD).

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    Linux Guru Rubberman's Avatar
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    I can be found either 40 miles west of Chicago, in Chicago, or in a galaxy far, far away.
    Do you want support for dual CPU's?
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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