Phil Shapiro  [log in to unmask], on the DDN network says:


hi everyone -

  yesterday and today i've been trying out the $99 ubuntu linux  
computer (dell optiplex gx1 -- 600 MHz) being sold for $99 from, a mail-order company in the washington dc area.

  this is one very sweet computer. it surfs plenty fast on the web  
using firefox. i have a slow cable modem connection at my apartment  
that is equivalent to a 768 kbps dsl connection.

  when i go to a web site, there's a pause for 2 or 3 seconds, and  
then the web page loads quite rapidly.  scrolling thru long word  
processing documents is fast. (i.e. almost no noticeably delay in  
scrolling thru a 100 page word processing document.)

  applications launch relatively quickly. this computer boots faster  
than my new pentium 4 windows xp system.

  for word processing and web surfing, this is a very usable  
computer. with both firefox and writer programs loaded  
in memory, i was using 121 megabytes of 251 available megabytes in  
RAM.  that leaves ample free memory for running one or two more  
applications concurrently.

  the 20 gigabyte hard drive on this computer has 15 gigabytes free.  
if this computer had itunes for linux installed on it, i'd be in  
heaven. (apple has not announced such a program, but wishful thinking  
sometimes produces results.)

  the version of ubuntu on this computer is version 4.10, from late  
2004.  presumably newer versions of ubuntu would work even better.

  i'm really pleased this computer is available to community members  
at such an affordable price.  the small size of this computer is also  
impressive. it's barely wider than a foot ruler. (it's 12.5 inches  
wide and 14.9 inches deep.)

  i'll be writing up a more detailed review that will include some  
photos and videos. just wanted to share this info early in case it  
could benefit any of you.

  for families that have the new $15/month dsl service from verizon  
or sbc, this would make an ideal extra computer to have in the house.  
(or it could function well as a person's only computer, too.)

  this computer has a built-in ethernet port, so it could share a  
high-speed internet connection using an ethernet hub or switch.

               - phil

Phil Shapiro  [log in to unmask]

"Wisdom starts with wonder." - Socrates

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