Well our Cores are typically i945 motherboards with 3.0Ghz Celeron's and 512mb of RAM and ours are configures as hybrids so they also perform as MD's too. Our Hybrid cores can reliably support 3-4 pxe booted MD's in this config. That at least gives you some metrics to base a decision on.
Hope this helps
That actually gives me a pretty good idea.. I'm sure that a 4x900mhz p3 with loads of ram can probably handle the load of at least 3-4 pxe boots. regardless, it's not like i couldn't find a use for a machine like that if it didn't work.
Now, I guess the only question left is how important are the specs for the MD?.. or can they be basically barebones aside from the sound and video cards?
Hi Again Dan,
Well at the MD end of the system it comes down to what you need the MD to actually do. We have i915 based MD's with and without on-board optical drives but without HD's. These have typically again 512mb of ram and are usually low end Celeron-M powered to reduce heat and cooling noise. We also are testing several Via based fanless motherboards using CN700 graphics chip and the C7 processor. The Via's using the Openchrome driver make great MD's as they run silent (no fan), are low heat/energy, have excellent graphics power for video playback and also good IO options.
The other product that is worth checking out (we have not tested this product yet) is the FiireStation from www.fiire.com
as these guys are Linuxmce specialists and the FireStation comes with special Via Bianry drivers to really get the most our of the Via chipset. Again I have not tested these units but I have it on good authority that these are likely to be nice products and have been designed for Pluto/linuxmce from the outset. However they are not cheap!
Again hope the above is of help.