Wow - does SATA mixed mode really slow the machine down that much? Our
GX280's are doing 18 minutes for an image while a GX270 does it in six.
My only question on the linux.2 from novellforge is does it include
those hdparm speed-ups?

If it does then I'm going to get dirty looks from the techs on having
to wait for the 2.6 kernel. :)