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View Poll Results: Do you run linux on a prebuilt machine or a custom?
Pre built ( ibm,sony,dell........) 10 16.39%
Custom Machine 36 59.02%
Both 15 24.59%
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Old 10-21-2005, 08:41 PM   #1
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Poll: Do you run linux on a prebuilt machine or a custom.

I have a friend and he was wondering if most linux boxes were ran on pre built machines (dell,sony,ibm....) or on custom built computers. Could you please take part in this poll.

Old 10-21-2005, 11:40 PM   #2
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[*] C. Both
Old 10-22-2005, 01:22 AM   #3
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I would have to say that most "boxes" are custom built for hardware compatibility reasons. But, let's not forget those who run it on a laptop, as they're a bit more difficult to custom build. I searched through the specifications of many, many machines to find a laptop which met my needs AND was fully compatible with GNU/Linux.
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Old 10-22-2005, 01:48 AM   #6
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I'm running Linux on my own custom built machine, but I also managed to run LiveCDs on my Dad's (hardly custom) Laptop (IBM Thinkpad to be precise).

Old 10-22-2005, 04:05 AM   #7
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The only machine I've ever hard pre-built is my work's laptop. All my machines for the last 11 years or so have been custom built. I think it came from the idea of it being so expensive buying a manufactured system back then and then as prices have kept dropping, although I can get a manufactured machine for the same kinda money I could build a custom machine for, the custom machine will be much higher spec, much faster + more powerful, and so will last longer before it becomes obsolete. Plus, I like to tinker with things
Old 10-22-2005, 07:10 AM   #8
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Moderator Note: I've added "Both" as an option since I run on both myself (main desktop is a laptop nowadays)
Old 10-22-2005, 04:10 PM   #9
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I run it on both.

I have 2 custom boxes.

asus a7n8x-e deluxe w/ ati aiw 9200 and a AMD Athlon-XP 3000+ <- I wasn't aware 6 months ago when i first began to use linux that it didn't have full support for everything when i built it. But that's only affecting the tuner and s-video in/out of my ATI All-in-wonder. everything else work great.

asus a7n8x-x mb w/ aopen m64 gfx card and a AMD Athlon-XP 1800+ <- this is my little brother's box. He thinks linux is ugly so he doesn't run linux but the motherboard is identical to mine, minus the sata contoller, gigabit ethernet, firewire, propetairy wifi card support, and has the realtek onboard sound (instead of sound storm). It also didn't come with the cords for the joystick and 3rd usb port (it is the usb for using the usb port on the front of a case, if your case has them anyways. my mb came with an adapter so i could use a pci slot and have two on the back. which was nice since the orignial case didn't have front usb ports.)

I also have 3 pre-built pcs and 2 laptops.

800Mhz p3 gateway <- everything was detected fine. runs great.

500Mhz amd k6-2 compaq presario <- linux seemed to have issue with the onboard video but some manual xorg.conf tweaking fixed it. xorg didn't want to go over 640*480, had to manually enter the amount of ram that the video card was using.

266Mhz P2 Dell Demension XPS D266 <- despite the slow proccessor it handled linux like a champ! It preformed between the compaq and gateway.

233Mhz p1 Dell Latitude CP <- everything works but having only 64MB ram it can barely run a light weight graphical environment. command line was decent though. it's currently running win95 until i figure out something better.

1.8Ggz centrino gateway M275 <- everything but the tablet was detected at install. had to upgrade the wireless drivers since the ones that were with the distro had no wpa support. it was an intel 2200BG. Once i discovered that the tablet was on /dev/ttyS1 it was only a matter of adding it to the xorg.conf.

In my experience linux has supported prebuilt pcs very well. you might have to buy a hard modem since most modems are soft modems(aka winmodems). Winmodems are not mostly unsupported. Though in general, purchasing periphials with linux support can be a real pain.

Especially printers. I'd advise you to goto before considering to buy a printer. generally you should avoid all-in-one printers period, i've had pretty bad luck with these. lexmark as well. HP seems to have a wide variety of linux supported printers ( From my understanding if a printer supports postscript you don't need a driver to use it but to get more than general support for that printer you need a PPD file for that printer and will probably have a PPD file for download.
Old 10-22-2005, 05:02 PM   #10
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Mines a custom built MSI based AMD 64 3000+. Bought it from
MSI K8N Neo Platinum Mobo, AMD64 3000+, 2 x 512MB Corsair RAM, 160GB Hitachi IDE HDD, 256MB GeForce 6200pro Graphics Card, 17" TFT Samsung 710v Monitor.
Tried to keep it to Nvidia where possible, thus Mobo chipset is Nforce 3, Nvidia Graphics and sound. Linux just kinda works on it. I had more hardware probs with Windows than linux, and kicked windows as it kept on screwing up the HW.
Old 10-23-2005, 02:19 PM   #11
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I use a prebuilt and I have had no hardware issues so far. I guess I am just lucky.
Old 10-23-2005, 03:38 PM   #12
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I have a custom AMD system. It is sad but most pre-built machines come with Intel chips and boards.

I am running an AMD X2 3800+ CPU on my machine
Old 10-23-2005, 03:44 PM   #13
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Pre-built. Too lazy to build anything. Why bother ?
Old 10-23-2005, 03:47 PM   #14
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Originally posted by samael26
Pre-built. Too lazy to build anything. Why bother ?
Even if you're too lazy to build one, you can still have someone make a machine and save atleast $400 compared to getting a Dell or something OEM.
Old 10-24-2005, 12:12 AM   #15
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My "real" PC's are home-built, my "experimental, don't-really-care-what-happens-to-them" PC's are prebuilt. So.. my answer is both


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