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After a new shiny pre-built desktop PC built for Linux support? UK-based Entroware are back again after the recent Proteus laptop reveal with their new Poseidon desktop. This is their new top-end model built for "Every Linux Professional".

"From the sound-dampened chassis to the high quality power supply and everything in between, Poseidon is built from top to bottom with every component being carefully selected for for reliability and performance." - Entroware

Not exactly built for gamers mind you, however, don't let that stop you. The point here is it's another Linux vendor putting out a new model that might work out a little easier for you than slotting it all together from parts, along with having someone to fallback on if it doesn't work right. The Poseidon does not come with a dedicated GPU either, it's a bring-you-own graphics card box although you do get Intel UHD Graphics as standard with the CPU options.

Even if you don't have a GPU ready, those Intel UHD Graphics actually pack a nice little punch so you should be able to play quite a few with them.

Here's the overall specifications that you can get with it:

Processors Configurable with 11th Generation Intel® CoreTM Processors:
i5-11400 (12M Cache, 2.60 up to 4.40 GHz, 6 Cores, 12 Threads) - Base Model
i7-11700 (16M Cache, 2.50 up to 4.90 GHz, 8 Cores, 16 Threads)
i9-11900 (16M Cache, 2.50 up to 5.20 GHz, 8 Cores, 16 Threads)
Memory

8GB - Base Model
Configurable up to 128GB DDR4 3200MHz

Storage

250GB PCIe NVMe SSD - Base Model
Configurable up to 16TB storage
Second drive configurable

Graphics

Depending on CPU
i5-11400 - Intel UHD Graphics 730
i7-11700 - Intel UHD Graphics 750
i9-11900 - Intel UHD Graphics 750

Video Ports 1 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort
Front Ports 2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A)
1 x Headphone Jack
1 x Microphone Jack
Rear Ports 6 x USB 2.0 (Type-A)
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-A)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-C)
1 x PS/2 Keyboard/Mouse Combo
6 x Audio Jacks (Line In, Line Out, Mic In, Rear Speaker Out,
Centre Speaker Out, Side Speaker Out)
1 x RJ-45 Ethernet
2 x WiFi Antenna Connector
1 x Power Connector
Connectivity 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet
Intel® Wireless-AC
Bluetooth®
Dimensions & Weight Height: 440mm | Depth: 399mm | Width: 210mm
Starting from 10.3 Kg

As for the case used, it looks like one of the Define series from Fractal Design. Notably, Entroware do not seem to state anywhere what specific case is used with this model. It's a damn nice case though, and with the sound dampening it might help give you a little peace from all the ticking and whirring while you're working and gaming. Update 01/06/21: Entroware replied to mention the case used is the "Fractal Design FD-CA-DEF-C-BK" and as for the power supply they said "this will vary between different Corsair, EVGA, and Cooler Master units depending on what we stock at that time, we do not provide specific models" so they are using good vendors at least.

The price starts at £759.99 with either Ubuntu 20.04 LTS or Ubuntu MATE 20.04 LTS available pre-installed. Check out the Poseidon on the Entroware website.

Founded in 2014 in Liverpool - UK by Mike Wilson and Anthony Pich, they've going into a thriving business that ships internationally across Europe and they say their products are "used every day as the foundation for businesses across Europe, and serve some of the largest businesses in the world" and they are 100% focused on Linux "primary objective is to build excellent computers, which is why we focus on Linux compatibility".

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9 comments

MayeulC 27 May
Looks good, but Intel only, and no GPUs. OEMs are about the only place where one can find a decently-priced GPU these days, so it's a bit sad to see that.
I am actually fine with them only having an Intel GPU as that works better on FLOSS distros anyway. With so many manufacturers to choose from offering Linux support for their computers it is tough to say I would choose Entroware though.

At this point Purism; System76; Star Labs all offer core boot options on some of their systems. Retro Freedom; Vikings and Techoethical offer me Libreboot. Think Penguin tests their systems on FLOSS distros such as Trisquel so I know they work with that. Raptor Computing and SiFive offer me non X86 options such as Risc-V and Power9. Framework offers me the ability to swap dongles. Entroware doesn't offer me any of those which leaves them in no mans land for me.
slaapliedje 27 May
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Quoting: PublicNuisanceI am actually fine with them only having an Intel GPU as that works better on FLOSS distros anyway. With so many manufacturers to choose from offering Linux support for their computers it is tough to say I would choose Entroware though.

At this point Purism; System76; Star Labs all offer core boot options on some of their systems. Retro Freedom; Vikings and Techoethical offer me Libreboot. Think Penguin tests their systems on FLOSS distros such as Trisquel so I know they work with that. Raptor Computing and SiFive offer me non X86 options such as Risc-V and Power9. Framework offers me the ability to swap dongles. Entroware doesn't offer me any of those which leaves them in no mans land for me.
I seriously would love a Power9 system, they are just a but too expensive for my tastes...

I have a Fractal Design Define R6. Love the case, best I have ever owned!
hardpenguin 30 May
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Quoting: slaapliedjeI seriously would love a Power9 system, they are just a but too expensive for my tastes...

I have a Fractal Design Define R6. Love the case, best I have ever owned!

I completly agree about the cost of Power9 being out of most peoples budgets (incuding my own) but at the end of the day if I want off of this x86 closed source vulnerability ride that never ends then I can go with Power9 or RISC-V. I plan to do both eventually. Won't be any time soon but as soon as I can save up the $5000 i'll need then i'd buy a Talos II from Raptor in an instant. It will be easier to get a HiFive Unmatched to get a RISC-V system going as that will only cost me $1000.


Last edited by PublicNuisance on 30 May 2021 at 6:08 pm UTC
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Quoting: PublicNuisance
Quoting: slaapliedjeI seriously would love a Power9 system, they are just a but too expensive for my tastes...

I have a Fractal Design Define R6. Love the case, best I have ever owned!

I completly agree about the cost of Power9 being out of most peoples budgets (incuding my own) but at the end of the day if I want off of this x86 closed source vulnerability ride that never ends then I can go with Power9 or RISC-V. I plan to do both eventually. Won't be any time soon but as soon as I can save up the $5000 i'll need then i'd buy a Talos II from Raptor in an instant. It will be easier to get a HiFive Unmatched to get a RISC-V system going as that will only cost me $1000.
For sure! Ha, then if Hyperion released AmigaOS4 for Power9.... that would be scary fast, as ut runs decent on a 420mhz 603e...
Liam Dawe 1 Jun
Update:
Quoting: EntrowareThe chassis that we use for the Poseidon is the Fractal Design FD-CA-DEF-C-BK. With regards to the PSU, as this will vary between different Corsair, EVGA, and Cooler Master units depending on what we stock at that time, we do not provide specific models.
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Quoting: Liam DaweUpdate:
Quoting: EntrowareThe chassis that we use for the Poseidon is the Fractal Design FD-CA-DEF-C-BK. With regards to the PSU, as this will vary between different Corsair, EVGA, and Cooler Master units depending on what we stock at that time, we do not provide specific models.
I was looking again at getting an AmigaOne x5000 with that snazzy Fractal Design case... https://www.amiga-shop.net/en/Amiga-Hardware/New-Amiga-Computers/AmigaONE-X5000-complete-system::790.html

Fractal Design just makes VERY nice cases. It's what all my future builds will use, I think. I used to do Antec, but they've seemingly have gotten worse lately.
MayeulC 4 Jun
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: Liam DaweUpdate:
Quoting: EntrowareThe chassis that we use for the Poseidon is the Fractal Design FD-CA-DEF-C-BK. With regards to the PSU, as this will vary between different Corsair, EVGA, and Cooler Master units depending on what we stock at that time, we do not provide specific models.
I was looking again at getting an AmigaOne x5000 with that snazzy Fractal Design case... https://www.amiga-shop.net/en/Amiga-Hardware/New-Amiga-Computers/AmigaONE-X5000-complete-system::790.html

Fractal Design just makes VERY nice cases. It's what all my future builds will use, I think. I used to do Antec, but they've seemingly have gotten worse lately.

Ha, my last build was with a cooler master (Q300P), but it had... Cooling issues, and wasn't as small as I thought for a micro ATX build. Will definitely look at them for my next one, in a few years... Or at least read reviews more attentively.
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