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ZDNet: Netmachines RedRak Linux Pro 128 Plus [Review]

Aug 22, 2000, 18:24 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Neil Randall)

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"Netmachines' RedRak line of Internet Web servers offers the full level of Web, e-mail, and FTP functionality small businesses need, but at an affordable price. In fact, prices for RedRak servers start at a budget-pleasing $999.95 direct. We looked at the $1,799 RedRak Linux Pro 128 Plus, which is equipped with a 500MHz Intel Celeron processor, 128MB of RAM, and a 20GB hard drive. It also includes a 10/100Mbps Ethernet connection, serial and parallel ports, two USB ports, two PS/2 connectors, and a VGA connector for using an external display. The system comes with the RedRak Linux operating system (based on Red Hat Linux) and the KDE graphical environment."

"The RedRak performed well in informal testing. It handled multiple simultaneous accesses without a hitch, and setting up multiple users and drive sharing was also problem-free. For the most part, the RedRak made administration relatively painless. Our only complaint worth noting is that the documentation is not detailed enough. Although someone well-versed in Linux and network configuration should have no problems, a less knowledgeable user might be stymied. However, Netmachines does offer 24-hour telephone support."

"A small business looking for an inexpensive Web-server solution would be wise to consider a Netmachines RedRak server. But if you do, make sure you have the Linux and networking expertise to use it."

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