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LinuxWorld: Serious fun, Meet the new Penguin Games system for Linux

Jan 25, 2000, 04:39 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rawn Shah)


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"Now that real commercial-quality games are starting to appear for Linux, it's about time that Linux system vendors gave us a comparable system on which to play them. Some vendors are stepping up with half-hearted attempts, but appear more interested in keeping the price down than offering a game system with punch. However, gamers are willing to fork out some dollars if they feel that they'll get excellent gameplay in return. The Penguin Computing Gaming System will definitely deliver for these customers."

"At $1,995, the Gaming System comes well equipped, with a 500 MHz Athlon processor, 128 MB of RAM, a 3Dfx Voodoo3 3000 card, a Sound Blaster PCI 128 card, Yamaha YST-MS50 speakers, a Toshiba 40x CD-ROM, an Intel 10/100 Mbps Ethernet card, a Gravis Blackhawk digital joystick, several leading games for Linux, and several thick books of documentation. The system does not come with a monitor, but Penguin offers a variety of ViewSonic models to choose from, starting at an additional $420 for a 17-inch model. We tested this system on a 17-inch Sony Trinitron monitor."

"This is the high end of gaming on Linux systems. The graphics card is one of the best currently available, and the sound card hits the limits of Linux's audio capabilities. 128 MB is sufficient memory for most Linux games now available, and all the rest of the features promise proper game play as well. At the same time, this system exhibits features that even makes it great for use at work, if you are so inclined."

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