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A MozillaQuest Magazine Editor's Choice

Pogo Linux Altura64 Workstation Is a MozillaQuest Magazine Editor's Choice

"When you buy a Pogo Linux system, you know it will work with Linux very well." Tim Lee, Pogo CEO

"We . . . offer full hardware and software support on what we sell, including Linux software support." Jesse Keating, Pogo Linux Engineer

Mike Angelo -- 27 December 2004 (C)

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Of Linux and Windows

To learn why Linux is so much a better choice than is Microsoft Windows, please see our article Gaël Duval Tells Why Mandrake Linux Is Better Than MS Windows

If there were no other reason to switch from Microsoft Windows to GNU-Linux, the Linux Virtual Desktops would be more than reason enough to make the switch. Please see our Linux (Multiple) Virtual Desktops Unleashed articles:

To learn how to run MS Windows-based software and accessories in GNU-Linux, please see our article Crossover Office 2.1 Runs MS Windows Software on GNU-Linux Systems

Office on the Linux Desktop

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Chances are that if you already are not a Linux user, sooner or later you will want to try Linux. So, if you buy computers and computer-related items that are compatible with both Linux and Windows, you will be all set when you decide to try Linux.

The GNU-Linux operating system (OS) is superior to the Microsoft Windows operating systems. The underlying operating system architecture of the GNU-Linux OS is better than the underlying architecture of the MS Windows OSs. Linux is more secure. And perhaps even more important, Linux is Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Please see our article Gaël Duval Tells Why Mandrake Linux Is Better Than MS Windows.

The Pogo Altura64 Workstation is for Linux and Windows Users

In the computer system department, we suggest the Pogo Altura64 Workstation. It's a well designed and a well-built desktop computer. You can get it with GNU-Linux or MS Windows pre-installed.

Or, you can get a Pogo Altura64 Workstation with both Linux and MS Windows pre-installed in a dual-boot configuration. That way whenever you start your Pogo Altura64 Workstation, you can select (at boot time) whether you want to launch a Linux session or a Windows session. By the way, you should be able to access all your MS Windows files while you are booted into Linux.

Also, we recommend that if you have both MS Windows and Linux that you use Linux for all your Web surfing and e-mailing. MS Windows is very vulnerable to privacy and security exploits -- particularly where Internet activity, including Web surfing and e-mailing, is involved. Linux is very secure, especially compared to MS Windows.

Linux has one of the best Web browsers available, the Konqueror browser, and an excellent e-mail client, KMail. Both Konqueror and KMail are free and come with most major Linux distributions. They are part of the K Desktop Environment (KDE) applications suite. With Konqueror and KMail, you no longer have to put up with all the Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) and MS Outlook problems and security vulnerabilities.

Pogo computers generally are designed to be shipped, and usually are shipped, as multi-boot Linux and Microsoft Windows computer systems. In part that is because one of Pogo's objectives is to help people migrate from MS Windows to the GNU-Linux operating system.

If you now are a Microsoft Windows user, getting a dual-boot Pogo Altura64 is a great way to get your feet wet Linux-wise. With a dual boot Pogo Altura64 you still have an MS-Windows computer. But you also have a Linux-based PC too. That way you can try Linux a little at a time while still having MS Windows available until you are ready to make the complete switch to Linux.

Top Quality Under the Hood of the Pogo Altura64

CPU Speed and Naming Note

AMD switched its microprocessor naming game so that the name of the CPU no longer directly indicates CPU speed.

The numbers such as 3000+ really mean very little as to speed itself and even less so when comparing to other CPUs that indicate actual CPU speed in their names.

It seems the clock speed of these 3000+ to 3200+ Athlon64 CPUs is comparable to 2-GHz Pentiums. The difference would be in a 64-bit pathway versus a 32-bit pathway. So, as a general rule then a 3000+ Athlon64 ought to be about double the throughput of a 2-GHz, 32-bit Pentium -- if the OS and applications are taking full advantage of the 64-bit pathway. Then if you start getting into cache parameters, scheduling efficiency, and so forth there are going to be deviations from that general rule.

It seems the OS and applications thing goes to how well the operating system and software are able to utilize the 64-bit pathway when they are optimized for the Athlon64.

The Pogo Altura64 is an excellent PC. It uses the AMD Athlon64 processor, a 64-bit CPU. Our Altura64 has an AMD Athlon64 3000+ microprocessor, ASUS K8V SE Deluxe motherboard, 512-MB RAM, Nvidia GeForce FX 5200 video adapter, 120-GB Western Digital serial ATA (SATA) hard drive, Teac CD-RW/DVD drive, and more.

We have such a Pogo Altura64 here. It works great and is a real workhorse. The Pogo Altura64 is an excellent machine.

Our Pogo Altura64 Workstation came with 64-bit SUSE 9.0 pre-installed. Since the Pogo Linux Altura64 arrived at our lab, we have added 64-bit SUSE 9.1, several editions of Mandrake Linux, and 64-bit Fedora Core to what now is a multi-boot, Linux computer.

One thing the Pogo Linux Altura64 Workstation is not is an el-cheapo, five and dime store toy. Rather than the typical, mass-merchandiser 32-bit, 2-GHz CPU, the Pogo Linux Altura64 Workstation comes with a high-speed 64-bit processor. And rather than the el-cheapo 20-40 GB old-style IDE hard drive, the Pogo Linux Altura64 Workstation comes with a 120-GB serial ATA hard drive -- the new standard in PC hard drives.

The five and dime store el-cheapos still are using older style 32-bit CPUs and IDE hard drives. They are selling you the end of the old line of now outdated hardware. With Pogo, you get the latest publically available, yet well-tested, technology.

Of course you are going to pay more for a quality Pogo Altura64 than for the mass-market el-cheapos. The Pogo Linux Altura64 Workstations start at $999 for the standard configuration. But they are well worth the price. The hardware Pogo uses is top quality and Pogo customer service and technical support is as good as it gets.

Pogo Customer and Technical Support Are Top Quality

Pogo supports both the hardware part of the computer systems it sells and the software it puts on them. Thus, none of this nonsense where the system provider tells you the problem is in the software and to contact the software provider or where the software provider tells you the problem is the hardware and to contact the computer system provider. With Pogo, you get support for both the hardware and software.

During the course of our evaluations of the Pogo Altura64 and the several Linux distributions now installed on it, we had many occasions to discuss Pogo Linux, the Altura64 and other Pogo computers, and the Linux distributions (distros) with the Pogo people. They are very impressive people.

The Pogo people are exceptionally professional. They are very knowledgeable about Linux, software, and hardware. The Pogo folks have a distinct commitment to excellence, an uncanny pride and honesty in their workmanship, and a profound dedication to getting things right. Oh, yes -- the Pogo Linux people are well-committed to Linux. If all that sounds to you as though we like Pogo Linux, you got it!

We asked Pogo CEO Tim Lee and Pogo Linux Engineer Jesse Keating:

What do you see as the advantages to buying computer systems with Linux pre-installed in general and from Pogo in particular?

Tim Lee: The Pogo Linux advantage is that you get a system that is guaranteed to have made it through a rigorous [Linux] compatibility check and Linux burn-in test. We select components that we know will work with Linux, and we burn them in with Linux tests to ensure they will work well in Linux. Many OEM's out there just do a hardware burn by booting off a floppy. However, we actually boot Linux up into the OS, run a few real world tests, and burn them with a few different benchmark and stress utilities. When you buy a Pogo Linux system, you know it will work with Linux very well.

Jesse Keating: We've taken the time to ensure that the hardware we put in the box (and enable) works with the Linux operating system we install on the system. We also offer full hardware and software support on what we sell, including Linux software support.

The Altura64 Workstation Is For Home, School, Business, and Enterprise Use

The Pogo Linux Altura64 Workstation makes a great prime computer for home or school use. It is something of which you can be very proud. And you ought to be able to do just about anything you might want to do with a personal computer with the Pogo Linux Altura64 Workstation. In many ways, the Pogo Linux Altura64 Workstation is an enterprise level computing system priced where home and school users can afford it.

Don't let the name workstation fool you when it comes to the Pogo Linux Altura64 Workstation. This machine also makes a nice server. Homeonwers plus small to medium sized businesses (SMB) can use the Pogo Linux Altura64 Workstation for both workstation and server duties. And it makes a great workstation for the enterprise environment too.

Pogo Linux Altura64 Workstation earns a MozillaQuest Magazine Editor's Choice Award

The Pogo Linux Altura64 Workstation is very well designed, works well, and works with Linux and MS Windows. Moreover, the Pogo Linux Altura64 Workstation is a very powerful computing machine. Thus, it provides a particularly notable bang for the buck -- especially if you factor Pogo's great customer and technical support into the equation. Therefore, the Pogo Linux Altura64 Workstation gets a MozillaQuest Magazine Editor's Choice Award.


Resources

Books

The definitive computer hardware book:

Upgrading and Repairing PCs, 16th Edition, Scott Mueller, Que, ISBN: 0789731738. $60


Some Interesting Linux Books

Acing the LINUX+ Certification Exam, Patrick Regan, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131121553. $88

Beginning Linux Programming, 3rd Edition, Matthew and Stones, (Foreword by Alan Cox), Wiley. ISBN: 0-7645-4497-7. $40

Fedora 2 Unleashed, Bill Ball and Hoyt Duff, Sams, ISBM: 067232721X. $50.

Fedora Linux 2 Bible, Christopher Negus, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-5745-9. $50


Linux For Dummies, 5th Edition, Dee-Ann LeBlanc, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-4310-5. $30

Linux in a Nuthsell, 4th Ed., Siever, Figgins, and Weber, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00482-6. $40

Linux Kernel Development, Robert Love, Sams, ISBN: 0672325128. $45

Linux Network Architecture, By Wehrle, Pahlke, Ritter, Muller, and Bechler, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131777203. $50


Linux Programming by Example: The Fundamentals, Arnold Robbins, , Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN: 0131429647. $40

The Linux Process Manager: The internals of scheduling, interrupts and signals, By John O'Gorman, Wiley, ISBN: 0-470-84771-9. $35

Linux Toys, Christopher Negus and Chuck Wolber, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-2508-5. $30

Linux Troubleshooting Bible, Christopher Negus, Thomas Weeks, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-6997-X. $30


Official Fedora Companion, Nick Petreley, Wiley, ISBN: 0-7645-5836-6. $20

Operating Systems, 3rd Edition, Deitel, Deitel, and David, Pearson Prentice Hall, ISBN: 0131828274. $103

Principles of Network and System Administration, 2nd Edition, Mark Burgess, Wiley, ISBN: 0-470-86807-4. $50


Running Linux, 4th Ed., Welsh, Dalheimer, Dawson, and Kaufman, O'Reilly, ISBN, 0-596-00272-6. $45

Understanding the Linux Kernel, 2nd Edition, Daniel P. Bovet and Marco Cesati, O'Reilly, ISBN: 0-596-00213-0. $50

Understanding the Linux Virtual Memory Manager, Mel Gorman, Prentice Hall PTR, ISBN: 0131453483. $60


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