[sf-lug] new linux box

Christian Einfeldt einfeldt at gmail.com
Sat Nov 17 08:44:39 PST 2007


I am not trimming this message because I am cc'ing Daniel Gimpelevich, and
he might not otherwise have seen this message, not sure.

On Nov 15, 2007 8:53 PM, Alex Kleider <a_kleider at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Again, my gratitude goes out to all who have given me input re my plans
> for building a high end computer.
> Your responses have driven home to me how little I really understand
> about the issues.
> No, I am NOT a gamer! and I don't foresee any need for 3D graphics.
> I would however like to get into photo editing (GIMP)
> and be able to use VMWare (I need a MSWindows based program

Alex, if you would like to come over to our public middle school project
sometime, you will be able to see one of the Zareason "shuttle" boxes on
which Daniel Gimpelevich installed virtualbox (thanks again for that,

A good thing to do, Alex, is to come to the SV-LUG installfests at Google.
They are held more or less every two weeks.  So, Alex, if you get a box, and
you want some help with installing a virtual machine for your Windows needs,
that might be a way to do it.

Of course, a better thing to do is to find a FOSS alternative.  You don't
want to be stuck with Microsoft forever, IMHO.

> to see
> images delivered over the web for my job) which as I understand it is a
> program that can actually run MicroSoft Windows as a linux program. To
> do that I assume it needs a lot of hardware resources.
> Also I'd like to spoil myself and not worry too much about having too
> many  screens/windows open at a time. And have everything work asap!
> (I've started my Linux career using rejected equipment but now that I'm
> committed to it, I feel it's time to seriously upgrade!)
> So what I'm looking to get is high end, just shy of the 'latest' (so
> there won't be Linux compatibility issues and also so that the
> product(s) will be know to be reliable.)
> I certainly don't want to throw money away but I'm lucky enough not to
> have too much financial constraint.
> I was not aware of the poor reputation that Nvidia has re cooperation
> with the open source community so I'll take Rick's advice and stay away
> from them. Christian's suggestion to go with AMD has a rational I like
> also.
> Has anyone got a specific processor and motherboard to recommend?
> The EVGA 680i MoBo was suggested but I gather that it is for the Intel
> processor family and has Nvidia chipset(s.)
> The "build a linux computer" searching I've done has resulted in either
> very old posts or minimum investment projects.
> alex at kleider.net
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Christian Einfeldt,
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