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AMD 64 motherboard recommendation

Well, its time for me again to look at a new desktop system. It has been
a while since I got my last one (PIII 800 MHz).

I am playing with the idea of getting an AMD64 based system. I am
"justifying" it as I intent to run some larger DB work on it locally.
(ok. its for bragging right).

anyway... Has anyone build a system around an AMD64
and is willing to share experiences? Linux will be the
only OS installed on it. 

My main concern is the motherboard. There are too many choices and its
not clear whats well supported in Linux and what isn't. In particular:
are the various included subsystems (USB, firewire, LAN) supported.

I am open to various distributions, and I am usually compiling custom
kernels anyway. Contenders for the base distro are Suse 9 (AMD64) and
Fedora Core 2.

Johannes Ullrich                     jullrich at
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