Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th Apr 2013 21:16 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems AlienWare (so Dell) has just unveiled a gaming PC running Ubuntu and Steam, designed to be hooked up to a TV - essentially a Steambox. "With over 25 gaming titles available and more being added, users can access Steam For Linux to play online games, including your favorite titles like Team Fortress 2 and Serious Sam 3." Everything starts out small, but with Valve going full throttle with this, expect this library to grow.
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RE[2]: More like 100 or so
by TechGeek on Fri 5th Apr 2013 22:35 UTC in reply to "RE: More like 100 or so"
TechGeek
Member since:
2006-01-14

Why? Its a reasonable machine that doesn't need a lot of horsepower. It will run just as fast 3 years from now as it does today. Not Windows malware or spyware. And Valve has pledged support for it for the future. You also can get a great warranty on a pre built linux workstation which is hard to come by and its got the hardware to do 3d intensive tasks.

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RE[3]: More like 100 or so
by lucas_maximus on Sat 6th Apr 2013 13:08 in reply to "RE[2]: More like 100 or so"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

Why? Its a reasonable machine that doesn't need a lot of horsepower.


Sorry i3 machines simply don't have the horsepower for a decent gaming experience.

It will run just as fast 3 years from now as it does today. Not Windows malware or spyware.


Sorry my Windows 7 install is just as fast on my work machine as it was 2 years ago when I got my machine.


And Valve has pledged support for it for the future. You also can get a great warranty on a pre built linux workstation which is hard to come by and its got the hardware to do 3d intensive tasks.


However Ubuntu hasn't. Dell got burnt before when the next version of ubuntu didn't work on "ubuntu" certified hardware and the canonical haven't been brilliant on QA.

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RE[4]: More like 100 or so
by tonny on Sat 6th Apr 2013 16:32 in reply to "RE[3]: More like 100 or so"
tonny Member since:
2011-12-22

Sorry i3 machines simply don't have the horsepower for a decent gaming experience.

i3 is decent for gaming, if you have good vga card. And NVIDIA GeForce GTX 645 is quite good one, I heard.

However Ubuntu hasn't. Dell got burnt before when the next version of ubuntu didn't work on "ubuntu" certified hardware and the canonical haven't been brilliant on QA.

True this.

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RE[4]: More like 100 or so
by delta0.delta0 on Sun 7th Apr 2013 10:15 in reply to "RE[3]: More like 100 or so"
delta0.delta0 Member since:
2010-06-01

You can customise and buy any of those 4 listed:

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Intel Core i7-3770 3.4GHz Quad Core
Ubuntu operating system
8GB Dual Channel DDR3 at 1600MHz (2 DIMMS) *
1.5GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 *
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So its not limited to just the i3 version.

Windows tends to crap out performance wise after a while due to the registry, the single worst ill thought out idea to ever hit any operating system. The concept of a registry is just stupid and shit.

You can bring up any anecdotal evidence you want to back up your claims, it still doesn't change the fact that Windows (including 7) is known to suffer performance issues over time due to registry bloat. This is why Registry Cleaners exist.


Dell got burnt before when the next version of ubuntu didn't work on "ubuntu" certified hardware and the canonical haven't been brilliant on QA.


To me it seems quite opposite, Dell must have been happy with the previous trials to now offer a greater range of Linux based platforms.

FYI: Ubuntu 12.04 is LTS release with 5 years support, so it does come with 5 years support from Ubuntu.

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RE[4]: More like 100 or so
by ichi on Sun 7th Apr 2013 11:43 in reply to "RE[3]: More like 100 or so"
ichi Member since:
2007-03-06

Sorry i3 machines simply don't have the horsepower for a decent gaming experience.


The i3 is the cheapest option, but there are also options for an i5 or i7 for that X51.

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RE[3]: More like 100 or so
by WorknMan on Sat 6th Apr 2013 16:43 in reply to "RE[2]: More like 100 or so"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

Why? Its a reasonable machine that doesn't need a lot of horsepower. It will run just as fast 3 years from now as it does today. Not Windows malware or spyware. And Valve has pledged support for it for the future. You also can get a great warranty on a pre built linux workstation which is hard to come by and its got the hardware to do 3d intensive task


I didn't say Linux wasn't up to the task, but for the foreseeable future, games will be ported to Windows first, and Linux... if you're lucky.

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RE[4]: More like 100 or so
by tylerdurden on Sun 7th Apr 2013 19:24 in reply to "RE[3]: More like 100 or so"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Apparently the trend for the past few years has been to port games to consoles first, and then to windows...

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