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Linux.com: Hardware: A Different Approach: Part II of V

Nov 13, 2000, 21:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ross Sanders)

"To all the people who posted and e-mailed advice about my first article in this series: a hearty thanks. It's nice knowing we have readers of diverse tastes about computer systems."

"A re-cap of my requirements: at least 3 free PCI slots, RS-232 support, a good quality 3D video card, solid, proven performance from the CPU, full support from a Linux distribution, and a low-enough price that I don't have to form an IPO just to buy one. In Apple's case, this leaves out the PMac Cube and any laptops."

"At first look, the hype about the PowerMAC G4 is extremely impressive. Apple says you can have a supercomputer sitting on your desk computing your data, be it rendering a movie or orbital calculations at a full gigaflop or more (that's 1 billion floating point calculations per second for those who don't know that term). Unfortunately, that's only equivalent to supercomputing technology from when I was still playing gold box Dungeons and Dragons games on my old Commodore 64. Supercomputers of today routinely do teraflops, but who can afford an IBM Deep Blue in their closet?"

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