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Linux Journal: The Ultimate Linux Box: A Case Study

Apr 03, 2003, 13:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glenn Stone)


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"Once again, it's time to consider how to build the Ultimate Linux Box. This time we're going to do things a bit differently: I'm going to analyze one element at a time, write a web article on it, take readers' feedback from that, add the next component and so on, until we've built the entire box together. A little open-source project, if you will.

"This year the idea is to build a multimedia workstation. We want a dual-head video card, professional quality USB sound, the latest in serial ATA RAID storage, a DVD recorder, some serious horsepower to drive it all and, of course, a nice case.

"So, let's get down to cases. For this sort of project we want a case that can hold as many ATA drives as possible, for future expansion, but that is still something approaching a normal size. It also should have good cooling, because all that hardware will tend to get rather warm. I looked at three different mid-tower cases: the Chenming ATX-601AW, the Thermaltake Xaser III V1000A and the Lian Li PC-65B..."

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