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I'm trying to see if ubuntu 12.04 LTS can handle/support 10gb connections.

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What's the 10G card model? –  izx Jul 31 '12 at 5:59
    
@izx AOC-STGN-i2S –  Alex Jul 31 '12 at 6:05

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Yes, Ubuntu 12.04 will work just fine and includes built-in support for Intel 10 GbE controllers, which are used by your Supermicro AOC-STGN-i2S 10 Gigabit Ethernet PCI-E card.

Open-source drivers are in fact included with the Linux kernel, as ixgbe* modules, so you should never have to install drivers separately.

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