Linux setup for Scientific Workhorse
I'm currently building a scientific workhorse on the new dual processor xeon nehalem series, and I have a couple of questions about setting linux up correctly on this system.
The first choice is what version of linux to use. I've been out of the linux on desktop game for awhile (3 or 4 years), so I'm not sure where everything stands. I know the choice of linux variant is highly subjective, but if somebody could suggest something based on my needs listed below, i would appreicate it.
1. The system will be running dual quad-core processors with hyperthreading (16 cores in all), is this natively support by all kernel/distros now?
2.) The system will also have dual monitors, I know this was horrible when i used to have a radeon video card, but the new computer will be using an nvidia 9600, so as I understand this is fairly straightforward?
3.) I will be using an SSD as a system drive. Do all variants correctly support SSDs now? Should i be using a non journalised file system (ext2?) for SSDs, and are there any other options i should make sure to set up?
Other than these needs, I don't think there is anything extraordinary. I'd like the OS to be stable and not come with a lot of bloatware. I will probably be using either Gnome or Xfce as a windows manager, and I'd like to set this up to avoid a lot of writes to the ssd (/home and /swap will be on another HDD).
Thanks for your help,