[ale] Monarch Computer

Dow_Hurst dhurst at mindspring.com
Sat Dec 30 12:34:57 EST 2006

Can't you use Dell with Redhat?  I may reload SUSE on to the systems once we get them, but they are guaranteed to run with Linux.  The support is good from my experience too.  Of course, this is the Precision workstation line I'm referring to.  I don't have much experience with the other systems they sell.  The 20 Dimensions that were purchased for a Linux based molecular graphics labs have been supported well for hardware.  You can request AMD CPUs from Dell now for clusters.

TeamHPC did us well on our cluster.  We've had excellent software support and never had to use the hardware support.  I believe they sell individual systems that are multiprocessor.  So, I can recommend them.

For laptops, I like EmperorLinux since they have a good variety and have excellent support.

My two cents,

-----Original Message-----
>From: "James P. Kinney III" <jkinney at localnetsolutions.com>
>Sent: Dec 29, 2006 10:04 AM
>To: Atlanta Linux Enthusiasts <ale at ale.org>
>Subject: Re: [ale] Monarch Computer
>One the one hand, the apparent death of Monarch is a loss. They were the
>only quality builder that actively wanted to make Linux systems.
>On the other hand, their death is not much of a loss. As their customer
>service has been in near freefall for the past several years, I have
>been forced to go back to building my own systems.  I have been looking
>at adding systems building to my list of other thing I do for an income
>but I keep walking away from it as being more of a hassle than I can do
>successfully with the size of my organization.
>At the moment, I don't know of anyplace where I can spec a system and
>have it run (or even get shipped with) RedHat, Debian, Gentoo, or
>Slackware AND get great support after the sale. 
>If anyone has some leads for a replacement for the Monarch of about 3
>years ago, don't keep it a secret :) 
>In the meantime, I guess I'll go back to evaluating at the business
>model of building solid Linux systems again as the demand for them is
>only going to go up once Vista hits the streets.
>If you think Gentoo runs slick on old hardware, you should see what it
>does on new, fast hardware!
>On Fri, 2006-12-29 at 02:28 -0500, Vernard Martin wrote:
>> The skinny on Monarch Computer is that they were purchased/merged with
>> another company. I believe it is StarMax. That is the build/parts
>> division of the same company that owns TigerDirect by the way.
>> In the last couple of months, the company effectively has laid off most
>> if not all of its employees with them given the option of going to work
>> for the new company. They are over 40 days behind their standard holiday
>> load and customers that are trying to get warranty help have basically
>> been ignored. They removed their phone numbers from their web site
>> recently if that is any indication.
>> I used Monarch computer equipment to build a high performance cluster
>> for the Rollins School of public health. Each node costs about $15K with
>> the head node coming in at around $29K. We had a motherboard go out and
>> it took us over two weeks to get it resolved and that was only with us
>> physically driving the unit over to them and with me physically standing
>> there helping them solve the problem.
>> It is obvious from what I observed that the company is going through a
>> transition that has effectively killed all of their credibility. I pity
>> the company that tries to use their name in the future. My personal and
>> professional experience with them is that they are no longer worth the
>> effort to try to do business with them. If you have some equipment from
>> them, then you are most likely never going to get any service on it in a
>> timely fashion.
>> Its sad since they used to be a fantastic company. Alas, all good things
>> come to an end.
>> If you want more info, then drop me a private email :-)
>> V
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