No-OS 64-bit PCs in Stoke
mitchell at cloudynwuk.force9.co.uk
Wed Feb 22 19:32:44 GMT 2006
UNIX Users near Staffordshire may be interested in "One Stop Computers" of
173-175 London Road, Stoke-On-Trent ST4 5RW, who will happily sell you a PC
without any Pre-Installed Operating System.
See: www.onestopcomputers.org. Phone 01782-847208.
Somebody with FreeBSD raised the question of Hardware Compatibility, maybe
because the "One Stop Starter Range" uses the AMD Sempron 64-bit, and the
Hardware Notes for the FreeBSD AMD64 Build don't mention the Sempron.
"One Stop Computers" do offer Intel Alternatives, and you can choose these.
You don't have to buy whichever they have in stock at the time. Also the
Sempron will run 32-bit code quite happily. But clearly you might want a
64-bit Machine at the price they offer.
So I phoned "Mez the Network Specialist", who is their Consultant in this
area. He assured me that he personally ran 64-bit Fedora and Debian on their
AMD machines. He hasn't actually tried 64-bit FreeBSD, but he's sure that's
the appropriate build if you buy a new machine with an AMD Sempron.
Plus Linux and BSD are ahead of Microsoft for 64-bit Support anyway. Though
"One Stop" will also sell you Windows on an Install CD if you need it.
I haven't actually bought a machine from them so far, but I did buy some of
their cheap Unbranded Memory, which has worked okay for more than
five years now. I actually tested it recently.
Faictz Ce Que Vouldras: Frank Mitchell
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