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Ok, so I'm looking to a get a cheap 2nd computer to replace this outdated Win98 thing. I saw an ad for a Linux-based comp in the paper today and checked it online. Here are the basics...

Microtel SYSMAR417 PC With Lycoris OS & AMD Duron 1.2GHz

AMD Duron 1.2 GHz processor with 3DNow! technology
200 MHz frontside bus
128 MB SDRAM, expandable to 1 GB (my current comp has 95 MB)
133 MHz memory speed
20 GB Ultra-ATA 100 hard drive, 5400 rpm (total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment)
52x CD-ROM drive
Integrated video with up to 8 MB shared video memory
Integrated AC '97 audio
Integrated 10/100 Ethernet connection

Software includes:

GIMP digital image editor
Word processor, spreadsheet, presentation maker, addressbook, calendar
Contact manager and time management
Digikam digital camera software supporting over 162 digital cameras
Mozilla Web browser and email client
XMMS MP3, Ogg Vorbis, WAV digital music player
Audio CD player
Xine DVD/DiVX player
10 games including Solitaire, Tetris, Asteroids and Galaga
Desktop/LX update wizard
Adobe Acrobat Reader
RealPlayer
Shockwave Flash
Java Runtime Environment
Kooka digital scanner program
Desktop/LX install wizard
Koncd CD burning software
KDict Dictionary Client
Full photo-editing suite with over 25 filters and layers
Capable of opening and saving select Photoshop files
Send and view digital faxes
Built-in Web browser
Record digital audio clips and save as WAV files
Burn and rip your own music CDs and back up your data onto CD-R or CD-RW
Maximize your home network by viewing shared files with the Desktop/LX network browser
Simple right-click file sharing
Built-in firewall for air-tight Internet security
Data snapshot, backup, and recovery program for configuration changes
Use Desktop Sharing to export your desktop for remote control or demonstrations on the network
Powerful remote assistance included for fixing problems via the Internet
Full access to the Iris Software Gallery where you can download additional programs at no charge, including software for multi-track music editing, Web-page authoring, games, personal money management and more

<a href='http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=2233757&cat=41937&type=19&dept=3944&path=0%3A3944%3A3951%3A41937%3A86796%3A106562%3A106560' target='_blank'>(Full description here)</a>



All this for $199.98

Basically, I want to be able to surf the internet and have enough memory to house my music and digital picture stash.

I don't know the first thing about Linux, but know my way around Windows enough where it shouldn't be much of a problem to make the switch. So, would this deal be worth paying $200 for?
07-03-2003 04:21 PM
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IMHO... No.

Get a cheap computer, but for the LOVE OF GOD... put Mandrake Linux on it.

Mandrake Linux is a few light years ahead of any other Linux distro in how user-friendly it is, as well as its ease of use and intuitive graphical interface.

I'll create a new thread w/ screenshots of 9.0
07-03-2003 04:42 PM
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see the Mandrake Linux Showcase thread.

I recommend buying a cheap PC with Windows XP on it... then use Partition Magic Pro to setup your Linux partition ... then install linux to dual boot.

You can then choose to boot Windows or Linux upon startup. Very handy if you accidentally foopah something.
07-03-2003 05:16 PM
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