From: Frank Peelo (fpeelo at domain eircom.net)
Date: Thu 04 May 2000 - 18:02:47 IST
> > I want to buy a machine, c. £1000 inc vat, for linux use (with a couple
> > GB of win). Hopefully 17" mon, >=10GB hdd, 128 Mb ram, supported
> > graphics (nothing fancy required). main use will be working from home
> > (LaTeX) and some programming (python, maybe c).
> > first preference on experience is dell. gateway appear to give better
> > value for money. I have a suspicion that quality is poor/variable. is
> > there any advice?
> One's MMV, of course, but I have had universally good experiences with
> Dell systems. The newest Optiplex and Dimension boxes are very
> high-quality, IMO (there are about 20 of them here, and I've used them a
> lot before here, too), and are decently-priced.
My home machine is a Dell Dimension from 1995 and still going strong. So,
But it's still a 1995 vintage motherboard (and processor). Why? Because the
motherboard is not a standard shape. Do Dell still go their own way with
motherboards or do they use standard sizes now?
This may be a good feature, though - it has surely saved me money over the
years by removing the temptation to get new bits & pieces.
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