Press Release: New Linux Notebook PCs at ERACC

This is a notice that the new notebook PC systems are available onto which we will preload Linux (we recommend Mageia Linux), FreeBSD and FreeDOS. There are now two models that can be configured with choice of Intel Core i3/i5/i7 CPU, RAM amount, drive model and size. You may also choose a single OS install, multiboot OS install or single OS with preconfigured virtual machines installed using VirtualBox. We will even install a Microsoft OS as a special order, even though there are many other places to get a Microsoft based system.

These new notebooks include nVidia graphics chips for 3D capability with the proprietary nVidia graphics drivers on operating systems for which nVidia has provided 3D drivers.

We preload the OS and make sure all the hardware works, so you do not have to.

For more details see the page under the Laptop Quote menu item on our web shop.

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Linux, FreeBSD and FreeDOS Laptops from ERACC

This press release is to announce that ERA Computers & Consulting (ERACC) is now offering a line of customizable* laptops available with Linux, FreeDOS and FreeBSD pre-installed by ERACC. Multi-boot installation by ERACC is available. Installation of a host OS and one or more virtual machines is another option. Download and view the PDF document below for more information.

These laptops can also be ordered with a bare hard drive for self-install.

Custom ERACC Laptops – Intel CPU and chipset

Request a quote for a laptop from ERACC at ERACC On-Line Shopping. Please note: we require a shipping address and a contact phone number before a quote will be sent.

* Custom systems are quoted first, then prepaid. Custom systems are only available with replacement in the event of hardware failure. No refunds are possible once the system ships from our distributor.

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Linux: We Put Our Money Where Our Mouth Is

This press release is to announce that for the month of July 2010 ERA Computers & Consulting (ERACC) is following the idiomatic phrase, “Put your money where your mouth is!” when it comes to our Linux PC sales. What do we mean? Read on.

For every PC purchased from us in July 2010 with any Linux distribution preinstalled ERACC will donate 5% of the sale to the Free Open Source Software (FOSS) project of your choice. As with most such offers there are caveats. These are:

  • The PC must be ordered and paid for within the month of July 2010.
  • The PC must be configured with at least the minimal configuration to have a working PC (case, power supply, motherboard, cpu, ram, hard drive, video adapter and operating system). You can choose to use your existing monitor and input devices.
  • The PC must be preloaded by ERACC with a Linux distribution.
  • Multi-boot systems configured with Linux and one or more additional operating systems do qualify.
  • The 5% does include all hardware, labor and additional software purchased on a single order.
  • The 5% does not include shipping fees and taxes on a sale.
  • The PC must be kept past the date it can be returned for a refund.
  • We only ship our systems to locations in the USA, Canada and Mexico.

That is it. Figure it up, purchase of a $500(US) PC will generate $25 for your favorite FOSS project. So, if you are in the market for a new PC with Linux preloaded then July 2010 is a good month to get that PC from ERACC and help out an open source project of your choice. You can get started by filling out the form for a quote on our shopping site. Then when you check out, be sure to indicate in the comments area the FOSS project you want to sponsor.

For full disclosure about orders from ERACC please read our Quote Addendum: ERACC Quote Addendum (PDF)

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Edit Fri Aug 27 17:58:12 UTC 2010: Fix the URL to the quote form to point to our new form.

Linux: We Now Build Mini ITX Systems with Linux Installed

We are proud to announce that here at ERA Computers & Consulting (ERACC) we have researched the parts needed to build Mini ITX, Tiny PC, systems and are offering a quote option on our sales site. Each of these Tiny PC systems is built to end-user specification. We build these with or without a hard drive and with or without an operating system. The only operating systems we will install on these are all Linux. If you want something other than Linux then we will build the Tiny PC with an empty hard drive for self-install.

What are typical uses for such a system?

  • Point of Sale Station
  • Diskless Workstation (Network Bootup)
  • Controller for Manufacturing System
  • Dedicated System for Statistics Gathering
  • Extremely Small Footprint Desktop PC
  • Extremely Small Footprint Server
  • Use Your Imagination …

A quote costs you nothing, so please look over the options on the sales page and let us quote you a Tiny PC from ERACC.

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Edit Fri Aug 27 17:58:12 UTC 2010: Fix the URL to the quote form to point to our new form.