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Which BRU Server Server, Agent & Console for Linux version do I install for my system?

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Posted: 10 Sep, 2008

Problem:

With the thousands of Linux distributions, many kernel versions, and the BRU Server for Linux system requirements, how do you know what version of BRU Server you should install and on what distribution?

Solution:

Determining Which BRU Server Server Version is Right for You

First, lets go over the minimum Linux system requirements for the BRU Server Server software, they are:

BRU Server Server for Linux Minimal Requirements

  • Linux x86 operating system (libc2.1, libc2.2, or libc2.3 based)
    openSuSE 10.1, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 and earlier (or any other Linux distribution that is running a 2.6.11 (2.4.23 for the 2.4 series) or prior kernel) is NOT SUPPORTED as the machine running the BRU Server Server software without an update of the kernel to either 2.4.24 or 2.6.12 or higher. Why is this? New Window
  • Server - 2.4.24+ or 2.6.12+ kernel
    • Client - Any kernel version with Networking support
  • Server - 1 GHz processor
    • Client - 500MHz PIII+
  • Server - 256 MB RAM
    • Client - Memory sufficient to run your system

With that out of the way, the rule of thumb is that your Linux distribution, whatever you choose, must be running kernel version 2.4.24 or 2.6.12 or higher on any system in which the BRU Server Server will be installed.

Which Version of BRU Server to Install

For Linux, there are a grand total of four (4) BRU Server Server versions for Linux. They are as follows:

  1. BRU Server for Linux x86 glibc 2.1/2.2
    This version requires the following:
    • For systems running glibc 2.1 and 2.2.
    • For systems running a 32-bit (i386 or i686) processor.
    • For systems running a 32-bit (i386 or i686) Linux operating system.
  2. BRU Server for Linux x86 glibc 2.3
    This version requires the following:
    • For systems running glibc 2.3+.
    • For systems running a 32-bit (i386 or i686) or 64-bit (x86_64) processor*.
    • For systems running a 32-bit (i386 or i686) Linux operating system.
  3. BRU Server for Linux x86_64 glibc 2.3
    This version requires the following:
    • For systems running glibc 2.3+ (most 64-bit Linux versions already use this version).
    • For systems running a 64-bit (x86_64) processor.
    • For systems running a 64-bit (x86_64) Linux operating system
  4. BRU Server for Linux PPC glibc 2.3
    This version requires the following:
    • For systems running glibc 2.3+ (most PPC versions of Linux already use this version).
    • For systems running a PowerPC (PPC) processor.
    • For systems running a PowerPC (PPC) Linux operating system.

* You may install BRU Server for Linux x86 glibc 2.3+ on a system that has a 32-bit or 64-bit processor as long as the version of Linux that is installed is a 32-bit operating system.


Determing Which BRU Server Agent is Right for You

The BRU Server Agent install for Linux can be equally as complicated as the BRU Server Server component. Determining which one you should install is quite similar. There are five (5) different versions of the BRU Server Agent. There are the original four to match the BRU Server Server versions above and an ia64 version. The ia64 version is for systems running the Itanium processor. Here is the BRU Server Agent breakdown:

  1. BRU Server Agent for Linux x86 glibc 2.1/2.2
    This version requires the following:
    • For systems running glibc 2.1 and 2.2.
    • For systems running a 32-bit (i386 or i686) processor.
    • For systems running a 32-bit (i386 or i686) Linux operating system.
  2. BRU Server Agent for Linux x86 glibc 2.3
    This version requires the following:
    • For systems running glibc 2.3+.
    • For systems running a 32-bit (i386 or i686) or 64-bit (x86_64) processor*.
    • For systems running a 32-bit (i386 or i686) Linux operating system.
  3. BRU Server Agent for Linux x86_64 glibc 2.3
    This version requires the following:
    • For systems running glibc 2.3+ (most 64-bit Linux versions already use this version).
    • For systems running a 64-bit (x86_64) processor.
    • For systems running a 64-bit (x86_64) Linux operating system
  4. BRU Server Agent for Linux PPC glibc 2.3
    This version requires the following:
    • For systems running glibc 2.3+ (most PPC versions of Linux already use this version).
    • For systems running a PowerPC (PPC) processor.
    • For systems running a PowerPC (PPC) Linux operating system.
  5. BRU Server Agent for Linux ia64 glibc 2.3
    This version requires the following:
    • For systems running glibc 2.3+ (most ia64 version of Linux already use this version).
    • For systems running a Itanium (ia64) processor.
    • For systems running a Itanium (ia64) Linux operating system.

* You may install BRU Server Agent for Linux x86 glibc 2.3+ on a system that has a 32-bit or 64-bit processor as long as the version of Linux that is installed is a 32-bit operating system.


Determining Which BRU Server Console is Right for You

The BRU Server Console has four (4) different versions available for download. It is important that the version downloaded is the version that was designed for the version of Linux and system architecture in which is was designed. The four available BRU Server Console Versions are:

  1. BRU Server for Linux x86 glibc 2.1/2.2
    This version requires the following:
    • For systems running glibc 2.1 and 2.2.
    • For systems running a 32-bit (i386 or i686) processor.
    • For systems running a 32-bit (i386 or i686) Linux operating system.
  2. BRU Server for Linux x86 glibc 2.3
    This version requires the following:
    • For systems running glibc 2.3+.
    • For systems running a 32-bit (i386 or i686) or 64-bit (x86_64) processor*.
    • For systems running a 32-bit (i386 or i686) Linux operating system.
  3. BRU Server for Linux x86_64 glibc 2.3
    This version requires the following:
    • For systems running glibc 2.3+ (most 64-bit Linux versions already use this version).
    • For systems running a 64-bit (x86_64) processor.
    • For systems running a 64-bit (x86_64) Linux operating system
  4. BRU Server for Linux PPC glibc 2.3
    This version requires the following:
    • For systems running glibc 2.3+ (most PPC versions of Linux already use this version).
    • For systems running a PowerPC (PPC) processor.
    • For systems running a PowerPC (PPC) Linux operating system.

* You may install BRU Server Console for Linux x86 glibc 2.3+ on a system that has a 32-bit or 64-bit processor as long as the version of Linux that is installed is a 32-bit operating system.


Determining Your glibc Version

To determine the version of glibc that is installed on your Linux distribution, you can do two things. The first is to check you Linux distribution specifications at DistroWatch.com New Window. The second thing that you can do is run a terminal command that will tell you exactly what version of glibc is installed on your system, this is the suggested method:


$strings /lib/libc.so.6 | grep 'released version'
 

You should get an output similar to the following:

$ strings /lib/libc.so.6 | grep 'release version'
GNU C Library stable release version 2.7, by Roland McGrath et al.
$

Note the version on the example is 2.7. This is higher than 2.3 and therefore this system needs a BRU Server for Linux version that uses glibc 2.3. Your version must meet 2.3 or higher for all glibc 2.3 versions of BRU Server for Linux.


Determining Your Processor Type/Architecture

To determine the type of processor installed, you need to run a command from the command line. This command will tell you the OS architecture (x86 or x86_64) that's installed. To find this out, run:


$ uname -m
 

You will get back one of three possibilities, either i386, i686, or x86_64. It will look like:

$ uname -m
i686
$

In the above example, the system is using a i686 architecture and therefore this system must you BRU Server for Linux x86 (i386 or i686).


If you are still unsure about which version of BRU Server for Linux you should install on your Linux system, please contact BRU Sales.

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