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SRO: Unix Dream Machine III

Mar 14, 2000, 19:14 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brett Glass)

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"In the last few issues, we covered the basics in taking a generic Wintel PC and turning it into a Unix dream machine. In this last installment, we network the box, deal with ergonomics, and tell you what to do if your makeover doesn't go as smoothly as ours."

"Most versions of Unix will work with any popular network-interface card (NIC).... For Berkeley-derived Unix variants (such as FreeBSD), we recommend Intel's EtherExpress Pro, which has one of the most efficient bus-mastering Ethernet chips on the market. Had we installed Linux, we would have opted for one of the latest 3Com cards."

"If the community option doesn't grab you, traditional support channels are at hand. All the old Unix vendors have conventional support lines up and running, although supporting their products. Companies behind the Linux distributions also have put together both channel- and corporate-quality support options. Finally, third-party options, like Linuxcare, already are offering customer service good enough for even the most paranoid customers."

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