Hardware vendor Digital Networks UK is to sell and market a new line of workstations with Red Hat Linux 5.1 pre-installed, starting at #695. The new machines are based on either AMD K6-2 or Intel Pentium II processors, and can be fully customised to the user's specification on the company's Web site (www.dnuk.com). Dual processor and SCSI options are also available. The entry-level Workstar K2 machine is based on the AMD K6-2 300MHz processor, with 64Mb of RAM, an 8Mb Permedia II graphics card, 15in monitor, Soundblaster audio, 6.8Gb hard drive and 32-speed CD-ROM drive. The Workstar K2-300 costs #695, or #605 without the monitor. Options available include larger monitors, extra RAM, back-up solutions and network cards. All models can be pre-installed with Red Hat Linux 5.1, Windows NT 4.0 or both in a dual-boot configuration. The standard Red Hat 90-day installation support is included for the Linux installation, but Digital Networks UK plans to extend its support for Linux to include installation and general software support over a longer period. To date, Digital Networks UK is the only hardware vendor to market a Linux alternative in the UK, although an industry source noted that Dell Europe is said to be considering marketing Linux. Digital Networks UK: 0161 3398555.
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