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Other hardware support also makes NetWare a popular choice. For example, out of the box, the NetWare 5 kernel supports as many as 32 processors, as long as the hardware configuration complies with Intel Multiprocessor Specification 1.1 or 1.4. In addition, NetWare 5 supports hot-pluggable PCI cards. Many other operating systems must be specially modified to include this support, but NetWare comes with it.


A hot-pluggable PCI card enables you to install or remove a device while the server is powered up and functioning.


Table 5.1 lists the hardware requirements and recommendations for a NetWare 5 server. Actually, each requirement is fairly minimal compared with today’s typical server running another network operating system.


TABLE 5.1 NetWare 5 Hardware Requirements and Recommendations


Hardware


Minimum


Recommended


Processor


Pentium


Pentium 90MHz or faster


Display


VGA


SVGA


Hard-disk


600MB


1GB or more


space


Memory


64MB


128MB or more


Network


card


At least one


As many as required


CD-ROM


One


One


Mouse


Not required


Recommended if using the graphical interface (the PS/2 style is the best choice)


Always try to exceed the manufacturer’s recommendations when selecting hardware for an operating system. You will be happier with the performance.

Third-Party Support


If you want to write your own operating system, you can. Other people have done it, such as the developers of Linux (discussed later in this chapter). However, you won’t sell many copies without third-party software support. This means making your source code available to other developers so that they can write software for it. If source code isn’t made available, no one can write programs to run on it, and if there aren’t any programs available to run on the operating system, how much sense does it make for anyone to buy it? The same holds true for network operating systems. Without support for popular network services (such as backup programs), the platform will not be widely used.

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