[Gllug] Recommendations for servers

Nix nix at esperi.org.uk
Fri Nov 26 00:56:39 UTC 2010

On 25 Nov 2010, Martin A. Brooks told this:

> I generally respect DNUK as a reseller, but can't quite forgive them for
> what I considered to be very poor customer service at the time.
> I ordered a server from them with express instructions, verbally agreed
> and typed in bold on the PO, that I didn't want anything from Realtek or
> SiS involved.  The shipped a mobo with SiS graphics and Realtek NICs.  I


(Oddly, the card I've had no problems with here is the Realtek one. The
machine with e1000e 82574Ls has given me endless trouble, with more than
half the kernels since 2.6.30 breaking it in some lethal network-
breaking fashion. No way am I going to get an e1000e again. Even my
horrible old NE2K was more reliable than this. In fact I don't think
I've *ever* had driver bugs break any other network cards under Linux.)

> Some years later they changed their mind when I asked them to quote for a
> fairly large chunk of server hardware but were unable to successfully
> process the payment via my company charge card.

?! WTF?

> Throwing my hands up in frustration, I ordered equivalent spec servers
> from Dell, paid less money, paid less money _on the same credit card_, and
> the kit arrived inside a week.

Mine would have arrived rapidly, only the machine evaporated in transit
along with the lorry it was part of. They gave me a replacement (can you
call it a replacement when you never saw the original?)
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