Thank you all for your advices, I will take a try with AMD64.
I'm always impressed by the support on the FreeBSD mailinglist, continue
your good work.
Stefan Lambrev a crit :
> Martin Turgeon wrote:
>> Good afternoon,
>> I just receive 2 PowerEdge servers (a 1950 and a 860) both with 4G of
>> RAM. I installed FreeBSD 6.2 Release i386 on both of them.
>> Unfortunately, only 3,5G is recognized on the 860 and 3,3G on the 1950.
>> dmesg on 860:
>> real memory = 3757834240 (3583 MB)
>> avail memory = 3678318592 (3507 MB)
>> I am facing a difficult decision. Should I use i386 with PAE enabled
>> in the kernel (I read a lot of warnings using it) or should I go with
>> AMD64? Which branch should I follow?
>> These servers will be front-end/back-end MySQL(with replication) and
>> Apache servers with BIND, Postfix, Dovecot, PF.
> I have NO problems with FreeBSD AMD64, at least not more then I have
> with i386 versions.
> I do not see a problem to run MySQL, apache, BIND,Postfix and PF - as
> I use them myself for near 2 years under freebsd amd64.
> I even can say that at some point amd64 becomes more stable (for me)
> then i386.
> The major problem (again for me) is that there is no way to connect
> 64bit apache under freebsd to Oracle DB.
> Saying that I'm quite happy using FreBSD amd64 (even for
> desktop/laptop machines) and knowing how broken is PAE .. just go for
>> There is the detailled configuration of the servers:
>> PowerEdge 1950
>> Xeon 5110
>> 4G RAM
>> PERC 5 Raid controller (mfi)
>> Dual Broadcom 5708 (bce)
>> PowerEdge 860
>> Xeon 3070
>> 4G RAM
>> LSI Logic Raid controller (mpt)
>> Dual Broadcom 5750 (bge)
> If you still consider PAE check very carefully that all your drivers
> work OK with PAE kernel!
>> Thanks a lot for your advice,
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