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SRO: Building a Unix Dream Machine

Feb 27, 2000, 18:04 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brett Glass)

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"...it's difficult to buy a cost-effective, quality PC that's equipped with Unix from the get-go. That represents a modest opportunity for resellers: If you can transform a generic white box--or a customer's existing system--into a killer Unix system, you're sure to get repeat business. Here's our formula."

"We started with a high-end Gateway machine and replaced incompatible or unsuitable hardware as needed. The operating system we used in our tests was FreeBSD, which--like Solaris--is a descendent of Berkeley Unix."

"Generally speaking, all of the current Unix implementations are more CPU-efficient than Windows or NT, so CPU speed is not a critical consideration in the Unix universe. But while some Unix users make do with text-based displays, the majority will want a GUI. And an X Server--the graphics software that forms the foundation for the GUIs on Unix machines--eats lots of CPU cycles. So, it never hurts to get a fast CPU if your Unix system will have graphics. These days, the AMD K7 or Intel's Pentium III is the way to go."

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