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LinuxWorld: The workhorse: Dell's Precision Workstation 410

May 04, 2000, 22:27 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rawn Shah)

"Dell's Precision Workstation 410 was among the first Linux products available from a major PC vendor and one of its first certified products for Red Hat Linux. This was an important step for the Linux community as it brought a leading, traditionally Windows PC vendor into our market. Now there are a number of other workstation products from IBM, VA Linux, and others that compete with the 410 and its successor the 420, but this early bird is still a good performer...."

"To quickly test the performance of the 410, we built the GNU C compiler version 2.9.5-1 on the system and timed the process. This programming language compiler is fairly complex and makes heavy use of the system, CPU, and memory to build. This system that we tested completed the make bootstrap operation to compile the package in 16 minutes and 19 seconds. For comparison, a 350 MHz AMD K6-2 system with 128MB of RAM and ATA-33 drives running Red Hat 6.0 took 39 minutes and 30 seconds to build the same package. Roughly compared, that would make this box 2.4 times faster at computational tasks than the AMD box...."

"The Precision 410 is priced at $3,222 for the configuration that we reviewed. This is about $50 more than a similar 410 under NT. When asked, Dell attributed this to the extra cost of support for the Linux system. Dell offers 180-day free access to Red Hat's preferred customer FTP service, 90-day phone installation support, 90-day Web-based installation support, and one incident of advanced configuration support. In addition, Dell provides 90-day general Linux support through Linuxcare, for which you have to register."

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