The Ultimate Linux Desktop

Puget Custom Computers packs a lot of power into our Ultimate Linux Desktop.
The Ultimate Linux Desktop, and Linux

The box arrived with 32-bit Fedora Core 5 pre-installed. SLI was enabled, as verified in the X server logs. The collection of yum repositories recommended by were in place as well. Flash wasn't installed, but it was a minor annoyance because the repository was already set up. Other than that, everything worked like a charm under both an older 17" CRT monitor and a newer 24" wide-screen LCD.

To check out the performance under pressure, I tried both Unreal Tournament 2004 and Quake 4. Both of these games played smoothly with the absolute highest video resolutions and effects settings. In fact, Quake 4 was set to 16x anti-aliasing with anisotropic filtering and 1920x1200 resolution and still played perfectly smoothly.

They have the firewall on with SSH enabled by default, which is a sane option. SELinux is on as well, so users would have to go out of their way to unsecure the machine. I can't think of any real complaints here aside from Flash. The system worked out of the box with Linux in place. Mind you, the installation was 32-bit instead of 64-bit. I could only speculate as to why at this point, so I won't make wild guesses—and I'm sure if I had specifically asked them to install 64-bit, they would have done so.

Really, other than that it just worked, and worked well; you can't ask for more than that from the Ultimate Linux Desktop.

Dee-Ann LeBlanc ( is an award-winning technical writer and journalist specializing in Linux and miniature huskies.



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64-bit vs. 32-bit

George Falcon's picture

I wonder why the author did not look into the reason why the inst. on a 64-bit-capable computer was 32-bit.

RE:64-bit vs. 32-bit

hogman500's picture

its very odd i have linux and windows on my dell laptop with a AMD athlon 64 x2 and dell gave me a 32-bit windows when i know for sure their is a 64-bit windows vista it really did'nt bother me considering how terable
vista really is it runs slow and the OS itself takes up a whole 11GB of hard drive space but thats beside the point i think the reason that computer dealers do this because 32-bit stuff is a whole lot cheper than 64-bit stuff.

if you program or other go to

It has more to do with the

Anonymous's picture

It has more to do with the 64 bit vista not being so stable. It sucks.


Gordon's picture

AFAIK it stand for Sony/Panasonic, not Sony/Philips...

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