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Evil3D.net: Pogo Linux Vorticon 1800+ Review

May 03, 2002, 11:00 (3 Talkback[s])

"As most penguin lovers know, finding an OEM that will preinstall Linux is getting harder and harder. One of the few remaining such companies is Pogo Linux Inc. Hailing from California, Pogo Linux started out as a garage company in Palo Alto back in 1999. That is a long time to stay afloat for a small computer outfit specializing in Linux. A little while back we took apart Pogo's Altura workstation offering, kicking the tires and giving it a good go. This time we'll take a closer look at their top of the line AMD based Vorticon system.

"The Vorticon workstation line is based on the idea that two CPUs are better than one. Due to better pricing and better performance MHz to MHz, AMD was chosen to be the power under the hood. Starting at $1499US, the base model includes two Athlon XP 1600+ 1.4GHz CPUs plugged into a Tyan S2466 motherboard, 256MB DDR RAM, 40GB removable hard disk, GeForce2 Ti video card, CDRW drive, SoundBlaster Live! Value sound card, NIC, floppy, keyboard/mouse, and Red Hat 7.2. Our system was a little more beefy, coming with 1800+ 1.5GHz CPUs, 60GB drive, 512 MB DDR, spicier CDRW, and a full SB Live! 5.1 sound. Of course, it was a little pricier as well at $1,847. For those with bigger pockets, there are of course further upgrades, including the addition of a SCSI motherboard, RAID configurations, GeForce3 Ti 500 video, and a whole range of other parts. The online system configuration tool allows the prospective buyer to price out the system that perfectly meets their specific needs..."

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