[ntp:questions] ntp server specs

Terje Mathisen "terje.mathisen at tmsw.no" at ntp.org
Thu Apr 21 12:25:15 UTC 2011

David J Taylor wrote:
> "Richard B. Gilbert" <rgilbert88 at comcast.net> wrote in message
> news:WeGdnew3j4A37TLQnZ2dnUVZ_gWdnZ2d at giganews.com...
> []
>> You don't really care what hardware the server runs on! X86 should
>> work as well as any other architecture.
>> The software is somewhat more important. Linux works well on the X86
>> platform and could reasonably be used as an NTP server. Windows on
>> X86, or anything else, is not nearly as good a time keeper, as Linux,
>> Unix, OpenVMS and perhaps others.
>> NTPD does not place a heavy load on most modern hardware; you should
>> never notice that it's there unless you go looking for it.
> Completely agree on the software. The best OS for NTP is generally
> considered to be FreeBSD.

The really good news is that as of Linux kernel 2.6.38, which is the 
default in the upcoming ubuntu 11.4 release, hardpps() has become a 
standard part of the kernel, just as on FreeBSD. :-)

Also like FreeBSD, it seems like you have to enable this in a kernel 
config file and recompile, but you should no longer have to patch the 
kernel first!


- <Terje.Mathisen at tmsw.no>
"almost all programming can be viewed as an exercise in caching"

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