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Re: IBM server - install linux

Thanks Rick.  I looked into upgrading the server to 2012, but I need CALS as I have employees that log in and prepare returns through an Remote Desktop connection and the whole upgrade seemed too expensive.  I would be giving this server to my wife for her email and browsing.  I was worried about security after Jan 10, and that's why I wanted to install Linux, however maybe my worries are misplaced.


On 2019-12-13 11:04 a.m., Rick Leir wrote:
If your Ubuntu install medium is prepared correctly it will not stop at Grub. Your best course of action is to go back and create the USB flash key correctly.

I say Ubuntu because it is the most user friendly, reliable distro available (preparing for a lengthy discussion here).

But Windows 7 will continue to run fine after that date. You will not get security updates, but the that doesn't change much, the security updates have been screwed up for the last few years anyhow. Your main security risk is the wetware at the keyboard.

On December 13, 2019 10:36:19 AM EST, Mike Doyle <mike [ dot ] doyle [ at ] startmail [ dot ] com> wrote:

    Hello there,

    I have an IBM server currently running Windows Server 2008 R2. This is
    my only Windows box (right now) and is used to run my tax program (I
    have a small tax business).  The software, however will no longer run on
    this OS after January 10th (or so) so I'm working towards another
    configuration of my various computers.  One thing I want to do is to
    install a Linux desktop (Ubuntu or Mint) on this server, wiping out the
    Windows server installation.  Whenever I try to boot from the Linux DVD
    install medium the system goes to a grub> prompt, which I know nothing
    about.  I suspect there is something I need to change in the Bios,
    however I'm not sure what.  The hardware I am trying to convert is

    IBM IBM System X3100 M4 -[2582AC1]- 0A
    System Serial Number: KQ4X2CZ
    Enclosure Type: Tower

    The system has two IBM Scuzzy drives in a raid 1 configuration.

    If you can help me on this, it would be much appreciated.   A hint would
    be a big help.


Sorry for being brief. Alternate email is rickleir at yahoo dot com

Mike Doyle
Clayton ON