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Hi, fellow ranchers:
I have intention to buy a linux os computer, since
I am ver familiar with Linux OS, and I want to
have computer with Linux OS. If Anyone happens to
have one, please tell me how reliable this kind of comp is, especially about internet connection and use; and where I can buy one if feasible.
Thanks,
Victor
 
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I've bought several Linux machines from different suppliers, and installed Linux myself several times on "generic" PC hardware.
As for suggesting where to buy one, we'd need to know a little more about the kind of machine specification you are looking for, and where (at least which country) you live/work.
Here in the UK I recommend Digital Networks as very knowledgable and helpful.
 
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Originally posted by Frank Carver:
I've bought several Linux machines from different suppliers, and installed Linux myself several times on "generic" PC hardware.
As for suggesting where to buy one, we'd need to know a little more about the kind of machine specification you are looking for, and where (at least which country) you live/work.
Here in the UK I recommend Digital Networks as very knowledgable and helpful.


Thank you Frank for answering my question. I am living in US. Actually, I have a GateWay comp w/
a Win modem, and with Windows and Redhat Linux installed. The trouble is that I cannot have internet connection on my Linux platform since Win modem cannot do the job. Another trouble is that my hard drive is used up, and its hard to upgrade or replace it since I have 2 os's on it, and I do not want windows os to share memory with
linux anymore. This is why I will go for a pre-installed linux machine. Thanks.
victor
 
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Another approach if you're brave and not afraid to be responsible for your own hardware is to upgrade an old box. Two of my Linux machines started life as a 486/33. I put in new motherboards and installed RedHat on them. One of them is a production web server these days.
I took an old Slackware release and put it on an antique Dell server unmodified with no problems. Some non-certified Compaqs would install but not boot properly (their internal SCSI controllers can be a little quirky). If you have incompatible video, audio, NIC or modem circuitry on the moptherboard, turn it off in the BIOS and put in a linux-friendly card instead.
Depending on what you want the system to do, you can save a lot of money this way.
 
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Well it's simple enough to chuck the WinModem and get a hardware modem (say $10 on eBay) which will work with both OSs. Likewise, hard drives are ridiculously cheap these days, you can either get a brand new one (it's hard to find anything less than about 20G) or shop around at eBay or the surplus outlets for (say) a 3.2G drive for less than $20.
If you want to go for a whole new machine, it seems that most of the Linux-specific dealers tend to charge extra. The cheapest way to get a new, powerful, machine is to look for the regular dealers who will sell you a machine "without an OS" (in practice, they all come with Windows installed for testing, you just don't get a CD or a licence). Then it's a simple(*) matter to format the HD, set the BIOS to boot from CD and pop in your Linux distribution of choice.
Over here in the UK I wouldn't expect to pay more than about �400 for a 1GHz CPU, 256MB RAM, 20G HD box with no OS (extra for a monitor if you need another one). I guess that translates to about $600.
(*) OK, you may need to keep an eye on the components chosen by the supplier, but often the cheaper boxes use the more generic components anyway.
 
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