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For a graduate class in Computer Graphics (using OpenGL), I want to set up an nice, powerful Linux PC with OpenGL. But I don't know where to start. I need ...
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    Linux PC for OpenGL Development


    For a graduate class in Computer Graphics (using OpenGL), I want to set up an nice, powerful Linux PC with OpenGL. But I don't know where to start.

    I need a recommendation for PC manufacturer, hardware configuration, Linux distro, and OpenGL setup. I have some time, because the class doesn't start until January 2012. But it may take me until then to figure out what I need.

    Money is not a big consideration. I want a powerful system. Not the very latest cutting edge (i.e. no overpriced bling). But I want a powerful system.

    Help?

    Thanks,

    Chopper777
    Last edited by Chopper777; 11-01-2011 at 12:37 AM.

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    Any current Linux distribution will do nicely for this purpose. If you are in the USA, go to the ZaReason, Inc. web site. They only sell Linux systems, and at very competitive prices - laptops, netbooks, desktops, servers, etc. All the hardware and software is guaranteed to work out-of-the-box. No fussing around!
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    Thank you for the reply.

    Yes, I live in the USA. And I've been browsing the ZaReason web site for a few days now. Their products look good, but I emailed their tech support with questions, and have not received a reply yet. That was several days ago. And I posted a question on their tech support forum, and have not received a reply.

    Are they still in business?

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    Yes, they are still in business. It is a small company in Berkeley, California, so they may be a bit slow on responding to questions from those who are not current customers. You might try giving them a phone call. I've known them, especially their president, Kathy Malmrose, for a couple of years now. We last met here in Chicago this past summer.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rubberman View Post
    Yes, they are still in business. It is a small company in Berkeley, California, so they may be a bit slow on responding to questions from those who are not current customers. You might try giving them a phone call. I've known them, especially their president, Kathy Malmrose, for a couple of years now. We last met here in Chicago this past summer.
    Thank you very much. That makes me feel a lot better about doing business with them. I'm really excited about getting my first "All-Linux" setup.

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