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[3]: More like 100 or so
by lucas_maximus on Sat 6th Apr 2013 13:08 UTC 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[5]: More like 100 or so
by lucas_maximus on Sat 6th Apr 2013 20:47 in reply to "RE[4]: More like 100 or so"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

i3, Geforce 645 is good for gaming now, but when the next-gen consoles come out we will have games that will push PCs again.

If I was spending money on a new machine I would go for an i5 or better, same with the GPU.

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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[5]: More like 100 or so
by lucas_maximus on Sun 7th Apr 2013 11:24 in reply to "RE[4]: More like 100 or so"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

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.


No but I wouldn't buy $1000 machine that has a 1.5 GB 660GTX if I wanted a gaming machine.

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.


No it doesn't I have a few hundred programs installed on my work PC. This is a myth from the Windows 2000 era.

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. [q]

What you are saying is anecdotal. If you go around installing lots of crap on your system then you get problems with Windows.

The same happens if you install lots of stuff on Linux that has services.

Windows is a magical beast that falls over after a certain amount of time. When people say this I really think they don't really understand the basics of how computers work.

[q]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.


No Dell are getting in on the hype of Steam on Linux.

Except they don't actually keep up to date with things like browsers and they are reducing the support.

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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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