And, no, why should we buy (a) from the US and (b) from a "small" OEM?
To get working hardware? 8-) 8-).
Working in a european-wide company has some side effects - for example
a policy to buy only specific servers from specific vendors (which have
to be available in all that countrys). So, there are only the "Big
Players", f.ex. HP, SUN, ...´
Back to track: this is no solution; buying hardware by OS needs and not
by system needs/policy/[insert-any-other-reason]. If the OS doesn't work
with a standard hardware it's simply of no use. Don't get me wrong, I
WANT to use FreeBSD - but this isn't my choice anymore if it does not run
on our typical hardware. I hate to use Linux and I definately hate to
use Solaris (and even pay for that crap).
May I suggest that you buy MP Intel motherboards from the Intel
Server Products division of Intel, rather than from the division
of Intel that decided not to stair-step PCI IRQ's by slot, until
two years after everyone else did it so that everything would not
end up on "INT A"?
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