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Tuxmachines Hardware Drive

In case you were wondering why there have been no recent reviews here on Tuxmachines, it was due to the loss of my linux test review system. At this time we are accepting donations from the community to go towards the purchase of new equipment, namely a new motherboard, cpu and memory. If you would like to donate, please click the Donation button located in the right hand side column that will take you to Tuxmachines' paypal page. If the drive is successful, we will post a list of donations in a future Thank You note. So, if you can find it in your heart (and bank book), or have found my site and reviews helpful or interesting, please consider donating to our cause.

UPDATE: It was suggested it might help things if a goal and progress were posted. I apologize but I was not able to get the ipn to work for the drupal module. So, we're stuck with manual input.

I've set our goal at 450USD for the Asus A8V, AMD64 cpu and kingston memory. So far we've received $297.

Donations so far are:

$20 from Texstar
$5 from justpnut
$20 from jan
$10 from ramonf
$20 from Wolvix
$25 from mclfln
$20 from chrishopp
$27 from whmax
$10 from dlray
$25 from anonymous
$20 from laufik
$20 from fewclues
$50 from on-disk
$25 from Vince

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A Friend's Suggestion

When my friend suggested I solicit donations for new equipment, I ask him what I should say. This was his reply:




He's a nutcase! Big Grin
You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?

re: Nigerian letter ?

Yeah, that was the joke. It's supposed to sound like spam.

You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?


Yes he wants to donate lots of computers to you however he will need some up front money to bribe the officals to allow shipment. lololol

I dontated

I made my donation. I really miss your reviews as I havent seen any in a couple of weeks. I guess this is the reason why. Hopefully you will get enough to cover the cost of a new motherboard and such.


re: three computers?

Geez, I don't even dream that big Atang. Big Grin

You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?

Re: May the force be with you !

atang1 wrote:

All Tuxmachines users are with you, more coming each day. The size of donation depends on your plan, so tell us?

Well, I've got my eye on an Asus A8V, AMD64 3700+, and a gig of kingston ddr400 memory for about 450 bucks.

That board will allow me to continue using my agp nvidia 6800 and other old pci cards. It would double the price tag to move up to pci-e. Maybe later.


I want to again thank everyone for their kind support in our quest of a new test/review machine. The generosity of the Linux and Open Source community never ceases to warm my heart.

Again, thank you so much.

You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?

Money or Equipment?

New Equipment is nice (but costs money), Old equipment is everywhere and is the cornerstone of Linux.

Do you have to have cash? Or are you just looking for good working equipment to run on your test bench?

If you're just looking for equipment, what are the spec's and where are you located (to calculate shipping charges)?

re: Money or Equipment?

I wouldn't mind some older stuff to build another platform to test as Atang suggested. I'm real close to Nashville TN, so shipping would be comparable. I have a case and I think the old 250 ps might still be good. I may have a working agp ati rage 128 video card and an extra nic. But the rest is shot. No extra harddrive or anything.

You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?

re: Hardware compatibility ?

I figured that'd work for a p3 or so platform. I have a 430 watt in my desktop.

You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?

re: Power supply problems

Well, it's not out of the bounds of possibilities, but I don't think so. It's a $100 antec true blue and I watch my sensors fairly close. It was rock solid, no distinguishable fluctuation in readings, and I stuck it in my son's computer to test that it hadn't completely failed. That was my first hope.

You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?

Re: Power supply has to be matched ?

atang1 wrote:

This time, you have to do room temperature burn in, to stabilize the AMD cpu(equalize thermal expansion, anneal dislocations from dicing saw damage and burn out contamination on chip consideration) for one month, before you do lengthy intensive computation(like loading 5 cdroms full of linux OS into hdd at once).

Whaaat? You're not serious! The first thing I wanna do is test the rc1 of suse! Big Grin

Seriously, aren't they supposed to be "burnt-in" from the factory?


Have you thought about offering a web site ad (like the PCLinuxOS box) to or in trade for the equipment?

Seems like you have enough traffic on your site to make that a easy trade for either vendor.

I hate ad's as much as the next guy - but any vendor willing to help you put together a test system deserves to be noted.

Put together a mockup of the ad, and send that and your site stat's to those vendors (or others of your liking) and see if anyone bites.

Just be sure to put a time limit for the ad (6 months or a year seems more then fair).


re: Sponsors?

Yeah, I'll have to put some thought into that. Thanks.

You talk the talk, but do you waddle the waddle?

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