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Anybody tried MadTux?

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With Xandros 4 coming out, I'm planning to get a new machine.
Only need basic stuffs (email, surf, edit, music, maybe phone) -
No video, photo, "heavy-duty" games, etc.

Has anybody ever ordered from MadTux?

I'm looking at

http://store.madtux.org/
-> Low Cost Linux PCs (left side)

where you can buy dirt cheap for less than $200.

Sheng-Chieh

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I didn't order anything from

I didn't order anything from them, but they seem to have a good reputation and the prices are good there so I think you should be safe buying from them. Since they support GNU/Linux buying from them you support it too so it's a good thing. Smiling

Those computers sure are really cheap, but I don't think it's very unrealistic. I think it's quite possible to put a low cost computer together with without cost going higher than $200 and the operating system costs you nothing anyway. Smiling

Good luck

Oh and btw, welcome to Nuxified! Smiling

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Dirt cheap computers truly

Dirt cheap computers truly do come at a price ... quality.

I'm looking at these systems and I'm dissatisfied. I'm a stickler when it comes to RAM. These basic systems are only configured with 256 MB RAM, which is unacceptible. You'd about require the RAM upgrade on the order.

And these machines come with an 8.4 GB hard drive? Where does one even get a hard drive of that size anymore? How old is it, and how long has it been sitting around in a box under a desk or in a warehouse?

Their "Low Cost" PC comes with a VIA C3 800 MHz processor. These processors might be good for diskless workstations, and appliances, but I wouldn't consider that a good processor for a desktop PC.

They don't come with an optical drive, either. That's another upgrade.

Be aware that the site says they have a 30 day parts and warranty guarantee. Every single part in that PC, if new, should come with at least a year warranty on parts. If they make no specific mention of those, which I do not see, then that's also cause for concern.

I would say as a barebones, the Celeron PC might be a good starting point, but I wouldn't want that small hard drive and little RAM. I wouldn't touch the VIA C3 system for a desktop PC. They might be great systems, and it might be a great company. I'm not sure. I've never dealt with them before. But I just don't like buying a new PC with such a little warranty. I'd say look around and see what else you can find.

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Well I haven't actually

Well I haven't actually looked over the details for these computers, but you having layed them over here I'd agree it's a pretty low end system.. But then again I guess that this lives up to the title of "low cost". I guess the cost was more of an issue than the actual quality and power of a computer.

Maybe people would still find use of this and buy it for specific purposes for which strong computer isn't necessary.

Anyway, the MadTux store doesn't sell only low cost computers.

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BTW, libervisco: Xandros is

BTW, libervisco:

Xandros is a commercial distribution. When they release new version of their software, the free version isn't available immediately. They later release a free version, after I'm sure they've done the majority of their commercial sales. So, the "the operating system costs you nothing anyway" doesn't necessarily apply in this case.

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I'm aware that MadTux sells

I'm aware that MadTux sells items other than low cost, low end PCs. I'm glad they make CDs available at a low cost to persons without broadband, or without the desire to use their broadband to download the product. However, their PC sales were what was in question here, not the rest of their store.

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depends
kryme wrote:

Xandros is a commercial distribution. When they release new version of their software, the free version isn't available immediately. They later release a free version, after I'm sure they've done the majority of their commercial sales. So, the "the operating system costs you nothing anyway" doesn't necessarily apply in this case.

I see.. Well now it depends wether MadTux would wait for the free version or buy and put the commercial one on the computer.

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Thanks for the

Thanks for the replies.

Concerning Xandros 4, I was thinking of buying either
from Amazon or Xandros, or just wait for OCE 4 to come
out.

Again, I don't need much. Compared with the dinosaur
I have now (Dell L933i, 933MHz, 2 GB) the high
performance machine (2.66GHz, 8.4 GB) is faster. So
my only concern was quality.

I agree, the 30 days warranty looks low, but then it's
only $200. So my decision is to shell out $500+ for
something too powerful for my basic use or go cheapskate.

If I go with MadTux, I probably go up to the Intel
Celeron D Processor instead of the VIA C3 SamuelII 2000
800MHz processor. Maybe more RAM and CDRW???

Have to decide...

Thanks for your inputs.

Sheng-Chieh

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The size of the 8.4 GB hard

The size of the 8.4 GB hard drive doesn't bother me as much as the speed of these old drives. It will degrade the performance of anything you install on it. I really wish they've give some better details on these systems.

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