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Signal Ground: APC SmartUPS 700 Reviewed

Dec 19, 2000, 08:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Treis)

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"With the reputation that Linux systems have for being stable and reliable, it's no wonder that you find them in uptime and mission critical situations. But even the best machines aren't worth a thing without a stable power source. Does the APC SmartUPS 700 prove as reliable as the Linux system it powers? Read our review to find out...."

"On the surface, a UPS seems to be a pretty platform independent device. What is more universal that a power socket? If you plug a Linux system into it, why should the system or the device care?"

"That sort of approach works if you're only interested in surviving short power outages. If you need more advanced UPS features (i.e., if you want your system to shut down nicely during an extended outage), you'll need software support. And that's why it's awfully helpful if your UPS vendor is Linux-friendly. There are free utilities for monitoring UPS devices, too. Even so, a good Linux advocate chooses companies who directly support Linux."

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