Proliant DL380 P3 1G Linux avdice

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Proliant DL380 P3 1G Linux avdice

I was given an old server I wish to turn into an FTP server. It is a P3 1GHz, 512Mb ram and has 3x43Gb and 1x9.1Gb drives, CD drive and DVD burner.

I got all the Hp SmartStart stuff taken care of an am able to install Ubuntu, Debian, etc.

The provided drivers from HP relate to Debian 3.1 witch is not supported anymore and the packages do not install on the latest Debian or Ubuntu.

I wish to install the Hp packages in hope I can control system aspects such as the high power (understatement) CPU fan. The sensor packages on the tried distributions do not see any sensors on this computer.

If all fails, I may just try FreeNAS and do a hardware mod for the fan.

I am quite new at Linux but have some resources to help me understand advices.

All old and new experiences welcome!