Stratitec CPU Builders System from SAM'S Club?
Has anyone used this system?
My current desktop (an ageing P166) has had mouse problems since it was
given to me and I have replaced the mouse 2 or 3 times. It works better
for a while, but then performance degrades to near uselessness (as it
currently is). I have decided that a new system that does not eat mice
is the only real option and I have been looking at the Stratitec kit at
SAM'S Club. Looking at www.samsclub.com I see that they have a complete
system (less monitor) for $399 US with Linux preloaded. Has anyone had
any experience with this system? Pertitent specs are as follows:
256 MB PC133 RAM (expandable to 1 GB)
60 GB HD
SiS Fast 3D Video (up to 64 MB shared memory)
Integrated 10/100 ethernet
ATX tower case
Available 5.25" Bays -- 2 external
Available 3.5" Bays -- 1 external and 1 internal
4 USB 1.1 ports
3 button mouse w/scroll wheel
Since Linux (Redhat) is installed I would assume that the modem is
either hardware, or otherwise compatible, although I will probably use
my old P166 and its modem as a gateway/firewall. Any suggestions, here?
I am considering purchasing a Verbatim 40x12x48 internal CD-RW and
putting it in one of the 5.25" bays.
Is this reasonable?
Will it work?
The CD-RW only mentions Windows in its compatibility, but I assume that
is just for the software. What software should I use for burning CDs
(data, music, video)?
Is there any way, short of wiping the HD and reinstalling, of easily
switching from Redhat to Debian. I know how to maintain my Debian boxes
and would rather not have to add Redhat to the mix if it is not too
difficult to switch the distro.