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What and where to buy

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COMPUTER HARDWARE

Although there is an increasing number of computer hardware vendors in other countries that supply PCs with Linux preinstalled, there don't yet appear to be any in Australia. One reason for this (according to a friend who ran his own shop for many years) is that Microsoft reps take a dim view of it, and threaten to withdraw discounts on M$ products, potentially putting such vendors out of business. However, modern distros are very easy to install; all you really need to buy is a PC without an operating system, and there are many suppliers from whom these can be purchased.

PC COMPONENTS

Wikipedia List of PC hardware manufacturers

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_PC_hardware_manufacturers
As always, a useful reference from Wikipedia.

Hardware Hell

hardwarehell.com/index.shtml
A good site that's well catalogued, somewhat out-of-date in parts, but useful nontheless. Includes:

IndexOfTheWeb - Motherboard Manufacturers

www.indexoftheweb.com/Computer/Motherboard_Manufacturers.html
Last modified 19th August 2010.

Ubuntu Forums - Best and Worst Motherboards

ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=552174
Summary: the best appear to be Gigabyte, Asus, Abit, Intel, maybe ECS; the worst MSI and DFI.

Motherboards.org

www.motherboards.org

Motherboard Manufacturers - Websites

www.gigabyte.com
www.asus.com
www.abit-usa.com
www.asrock.com
www.intel.com
www.sis.com
www.zotac.com

CPU Manufacturers - Websites

www.amd.com/us-en
www.intel.com

RAM

www.crucial.com/index.asp

BIOS

www.wimsbios.com/index.htm?/HTML1/bios.html
www.biostar-usa.com/bioshelp.asp

REVIEWS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Whirlpool Wiki

whirlpool.net.au/wiki
The Whirlpool website is an excellent Linux resource, and maintains a large, highly informative wiki that includes a list of shops in Australia that have been voted good and bad by the site's User base. A good place to start.

PC HARDWARE VENDORS

Whirlpool Wiki

whirlpool.net.au/wiki/Australian_PC_Shops
The Whirlpool website is an excellent Linux resource, and maintains a large, highly informative wiki that includes a list of shops in Australia that have been voted good and bad by the site's User base. A good place to start.

Umart

www.umart.com.au

GameDude

www.gamedude.com.au

MSY

msy.com.au

ComputerAlliance

www.computeralliance.com.au

PC Superstore

www.pcsuperstore.com.au

BRISBANE VENDORS

Global Computer Group

www.globalgroup.com.au/gloshop/customer/home.php
Well-organized website with a large range of quality components. Shop 27, 267 Edward St., Brisbane.

City Link Computers

www.citylinkpcs.com.au
Small store with a useful stock of selected components.