> I would like to buy a system pre-configured with FreeBSD. Does
> anyone have a recommendation for a vendor they like? I have
> looked at Apache Digital (http://www.apache.com) and they seem
> like they may be good, but I don't know anyone who has bought
> from them.
I've bought two systems from Apache. I went with them because
I wanted to run FreeBSD but didn't know much about PC hardware
and didn't want to waist time (and money) learning. It worked
for me. I've been happy with the systems and service I got from
them but was never over impressed with their abilities. Everything
I've gotten from them showed up somewhat later than expected (by many
weeks in some cases).
Now that I'm more famillar with both FreeBSD and PC's, I don't
need them as much. I put my last system together on my own.
I bought some of the components for my last system from ASA computers
(http://www.asacomputers.com/ also listed on the FreeBSD.org Vendor page).
They seemed to have more experence building BSD servers for ISPs
and the like. Apache from my experence seems to have more experence
putting together standard desktop systems. You should check out
ASA as well. I ordered a motherboard, CPU, and memory from them
and got it in two days. And though I didn't ask them to, they installed
the memory and CPU and configured and tested the motherboard before
shipping it. Made things real easy for me.
Both these companies are very small (<10 people I'd guess). So it's
very different dealling with them than with someone like Dell.
Quote:> My other alternative is to buy from someone like Micron, wipe the
> MS software and install FreeBSD on my own. That would be fine, but
> I may want to buy 10-20 of these.
The problem with buying from the big guys is that they don't support
FreeBSD. So if you have some compatibilty problem they won't be able
to help you. But if you need that many systems, it seems to me you
should be able to buy a unit for testing (or get one for a free eval)
to make sure it works before hand.
Most standard systems from places like Micron will work fine with