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PC World: Pogo Hops to Market With Preloaded Linux PCs

Nov 02, 2000, 07:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon L. Jacobi)

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"If you're in the market for a new PC and are curious about open-source software, you might be interested in Pogo's dual-boot systems with preinstalled native versions of Linux and Windows. These systems also ship with VMware software so you can run Windows within Linux (which is why the company dubbed the product line "Winux")."

"The $1199 base Pogo Winux system we tested arrived in a sturdily constructed, wide-body case with plenty of room for expansion. Although it lacked a monitor, the PC included a 600-MHz Pentium III processor and a bountiful 256MB of PC133 SDRAM (limited to 100 MHz by the 600E processor's 100-MHz front-side bus). Among the system's other components were a 7200-rpm, 20GB Seagate Barracuda ATA66 hard drive, a Matrox Millennium G400 graphics card with 32MB of memory, a 10/100 Ethernet adapter, a Sound Blaster Live card, and a set of Mli-460 speakers with subwoofer. A 52X Samsung SC-152 CD-ROM drive rounded out the package. We liked the crisp, tactile response of the Logitech keyboard. The single 3.5-inch, floppy-only drive bay was the only thing we didn't care for."

"Both Windows 98 Second Edition and Red Hat Linux 6.2 were preinstalled on the Winux PC we tested, though Pogo now ships its PCs with Red Hat 7.0 and a choice of either Windows 2000 or Windows Millennium Edition. (VMware does not currently support Windows Millennium.) But the company's offerings aren't limited to that configuration, as numerous other systems and setups are available on Pogo's site."

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