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Author: Mick Ab
Date:  
To: Oxfordshire Linux User Group Discussion List
Subject: Re: [OxLUG] Desktops/Workstations
Dear Jeff,

I sent an email to Computer Assistance on the 15th, but have had no reply
yet.

Are they closed now due to the coronavirus ?

M. Bailey


On Wednesday, 15 April 2020, Mick Ab <> wrote:

> Dear Jeff,
>
> Many thanks for your email.
>
> I will see if Computer Assistance are able to help me.
>
> M. Bailey
>
>
> On Wednesday, 15 April 2020, Jeff Alyanak <> wrote:
>
>> (full disclosure: I work as a Linux System Administrator for Computer
>> Assistance)
>>
>> If you are looking for an Oxford-based company that can put together a
>> Linux build like that for you, Computer Assistance has both the PC-building
>> and Linux experience to do so.
>>
>> Might be worth a call to the PC department to discuss the build
>> requirements (01865 717088), I'm sure they'd be happy to help.
>>
>> Cheers,
>> Jeff
>>
>> On April 14, 2020 12:00:01 PM GMT+01:00,
>> wrote:
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>>>    1. Re: Desktops/Workstations (ael)
>>>    2. Re: Desktops/Workstations (Simon Nichols-Horton)
>>>    3. Re: Desktops/Workstations (John Taylor)
>>>    4. Re: Desktops/Workstations (Mick Ab)
>>> ------------------------------
>>> Message: 1
>>> Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2020 13:46:37 +0100
>>> From: ael <>
>>> To: Oxfordshire Linux User Group Discussion List
>>>     <>
>>> Subject: Re: [OxLUG] Desktops/Workstations
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>>>
>>> On Mon, Apr 13, 2020 at 11:42:48AM +0100, John Winters wrote:
>>>
>>>> On 13/04/2020 11:01, Mick Ab wrote:
>>>> Incidentally - I'm sure that Novatech could build that for you. As indeed
>>>> could I, but I'm not in the hardware business.
>>>>
>>>
>>> Yes Novatech. But also https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/ is another place
>>> where you can configure your own system and you don't have to pay MS
>>> tax.
>>>
>>> My only connection with PCspecialist is that I have bought a Clevo
>>> laptop from them (like Novatech, they rebrand Clevo under their own
>>> invented names...). I was originally going to go to Novatech for one of
>>> their rebranded Clevos, but found PCspecialist have a far wider range
>>> with much more flexibility. Don't know about the destop/workstation
>>> options.
>>>
>>> ael
>>> ------------------------------
>>> Message: 2
>>> Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2020 13:55:17 +0100
>>> From: Simon Nichols-Horton <>
>>> To: Oxfordshire Linux User Group Discussion List
>>>     <>
>>> Subject: Re: [OxLUG] Desktops/Workstations
>>> Message-ID:
>>>     <CAB5qoLGDAe=NoS39HXipfbzOQT4AsSJe=>
>>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="utf-8"

>>>
>>> Hi Mick,
>>>
>>> If you want to give me a call on 01865
>>> 980263 Tuesday, we certainly discuss your options. Or I can call you.
>>>
>>> There are some good responses to your question and worth considering as
>>> well.
>>>
>>> Thanks
>>> Simon
>>>
>>> On Mon, 13 Apr 2020, 11:02 Mick Ab, <> wrote:
>>>
>>> Dear Simon,
>>>>
>>>> Thanks very much for your offer of help. I wish to replace an old (about 4
>>>> 1/2 years) desktop with an up to date desktop
>>>> with roughly similar system. The current desktop has 4 x 1 TB hard drives,
>>>> arranged as RAID system. I also need
>>>> Debian Buster installed as the operating system. I am having great
>>>> difficulty in finding a computer supplier who can
>>>> configure the desktop needed. So far I have found one supplier in the EU
>>>> who might be able to help and maybe one supplier
>>>> in the UK. I sent my message to see if anyone in OXLUG could suggest any
>>>> suppliers, preferably in the UK, but otherwise
>>>> in the EU.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> On Sunday, 12 April 2020, Simon Nichols-Horton <> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> I could do that for you.. does the OS need to be on one large raid
>>>>> volume? What are you trying
>>>>> To achieve?
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> www.techfabrica.com
>>>>>
>>>>> Please excuse the website, I thought I would take the current situation
>>>>> to update the site..
>>>>>
>>>>> Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
>>>>>
>>>>> Simon
>>>>>
>>>>> On Sun, 12 Apr 2020, 12:48 Mick Ab, <> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> Hi,
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Does anyone know of any computer supplier in the UK or EU who could
>>>>>> configure a desktop/workstation with
>>>>>> 4 x 1TB hard drives and install Debian Buster as the operating system ?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Thanks.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
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>>> Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2020 15:26:30 +0100
>>> From: John Taylor <>
>>> To: Oxfordshire Linux User Group Discussion List
>>>     <>
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>>>
>>> Hello all - new to the list
>>>
>>> Rather than RAID you might want to consider ZFS (striped or RAIDZ1/ RAIDZ2
>>> depending on usage case)
>>>
>>> John
>>>
>>>
>>> On Mon, 13 Apr 2020 at 13:56, Simon Nichols-Horton <> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi Mick,
>>>>
>>>> If you want to give me a call on 01865
>>>> 980263 Tuesday, we certainly discuss your options. Or I can call you.
>>>>
>>>> There are some good responses to your question and worth considering as
>>>> well.
>>>>
>>>> Thanks
>>>> Simon
>>>>
>>>> On Mon, 13 Apr 2020, 11:02 Mick Ab, <> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Dear Simon,
>>>>>
>>>>> Thanks very much for your offer of help. I wish to replace an old (about
>>>>> 4 1/2 years) desktop with an up to date desktop
>>>>> with roughly similar system. The current desktop has 4 x 1 TB hard
>>>>> drives, arranged as RAID system. I also need
>>>>> Debian Buster installed as the operating system. I am having great
>>>>> difficulty in finding a computer supplier who can
>>>>> configure the desktop needed. So far I have found one supplier in the EU
>>>>> who might be able to help and maybe one supplier
>>>>> in the UK. I sent my message to see if anyone in OXLUG could suggest any
>>>>> suppliers, preferably in the UK, but otherwise
>>>>> in the EU.
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> On Sunday, 12 April 2020, Simon Nichols-Horton <> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> I could do that for you.. does the OS need to be on one large raid
>>>>>> volume? What are you trying
>>>>>> To achieve?
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> www.techfabrica.com
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Please excuse the website, I thought I would take the current situation
>>>>>> to update the site..
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Simon
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On Sun, 12 Apr 2020, 12:48 Mick Ab, <>
>>>>>> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Hi,
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Does anyone know of any computer supplier in the UK or EU who could
>>>>>>> configure a desktop/workstation with
>>>>>>> 4 x 1TB hard drives and install Debian Buster as the operating system ?
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Thanks.
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
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>>> Date: Mon, 13 Apr 2020 16:04:53 +0100
>>> From: Mick Ab <>
>>> To: "" <>
>>> Subject: Re: [OxLUG] Desktops/Workstations
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>>>
>>> Many thanks to all who have replied to my inquiry and for all your helpful
>>> suggestions.
>>>
>>> I will study your suggestions further and reply later.
>>>
>>>
>>> On Sunday, 12 April 2020, Mick Ab <> wrote:
>>>
>>> Hi,
>>>>
>>>> Does anyone know of any computer supplier in the UK or EU who could
>>>> configure a desktop/workstation with
>>>> 4 x 1TB hard drives and install Debian Buster as the operating system ?
>>>>
>>>> Thanks.
>>>>
>>>>
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>> Jeff Alyanak
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