"The VArStation XMP...is a top-quality, high-powered
workstation from VA Linux Systems. In the years since its 1993
inception, VA has earned a reputation for producing rock-solid,
dependable, performance-maximizing, Linux-based workstations,
servers and clusters. Once upon a time, VA also built laptops and
hopefully will do so again soon. VA even has an entry-level
machine, the SP, if you want to get a taste of the ``good life''.
The XMP lives towards the upper range of workstation machines and
is indicative of a typical VA Linux system. Most VA workstations
come in the same tower, which is an attractive, solid, heavy
container with plenty of space and a powerful fan. Beyond that, VA
allows any type of customization you want and provides an on-line
system for piecing together whichever components you like..."
"The core of the system is an Intel MS440GX motherboard
featuring dual Pentium III Xeon 550MHz processors with 32KB of L1
cache and 512KB of L2 cache, 512MB of RAM and an 8.4GB SCSI drive
from Quantum. For comparison (to be somewhat up to date), current
VA workstations come with an Ms4406x or Tyan 1832 motherboard, are
available with Pentium III and Pentium III Xeon processors, and
typically have 512KB of L2 cache with the option of expanding to
2MB of L2 cache. Modern machines also have larger hard drives,
usually SCSI of 18.2GB or so and often 512MB or more of SDRAM."
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