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Linux Journal: The Ultimate Linux Box 2001: How to Design Your Dream Machine With Eric Raymond

Oct 13, 2001, 14:04 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric S. Raymond)

[ Thanks to Carla Schroder for this link. ]

"Five years ago, in a Linux Journal article I wrote in 1996, I developed a recipe for an elegant and economical Linux box. I used this as motivation for a discussion of what makes a good, balanced system design. The article became one of the most popular in LJ's history, so the editors have invited me back for a second round.

This time, however, we're going to involve more people than just me. LJ recruited Rick Moen, author of some well-known FAQs on modems and other hardware topics, to assist with this article. Daryll Strauss, the man behind the famous all-Linux rendering farm used in the movie Titanic, also contributed sage advice from his background in graphics and extreme data crunching.

We're also going to examine system architecture from a different perspective. Instead of going for economy we're going to go for the maximum crunching power. This time, we're going to ask not what the most cost-effective plan is, but how to get the absolute highest performance out of hardware we can live with."

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