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quintze 10-31-2016 02:01 PM

Recommended Linux Cent OS laptop dual booting with Windows
 
Hello,

I just wanted to know if anyone has any suggestions for purchasing a new laptop that I want to use as a small business server. Ideally, the laptop would be dual booting with Windows. Also, I am studying for my RHCSA, so I would like it to either have Red Hat or Cent OS on it.

I am looking for at least 8 GB RAM and a hard dive capacity of at least 500 GB. It doesn't matter to me if I have to install Red Hat or CentOS later, but I wanted to see if anyone could recommend the best hardware that would be compatible with Red Hat. Thanks for your time.

szboardstretcher 10-31-2016 02:03 PM

Here is the extensive hardware compatibility page of RedHat. https://hardware.redhat.com/

I wouldn't use a laptop as a 'small business server' though because they aren't made to be powered up and heavily used 24/7.

jefro 10-31-2016 04:23 PM

Centos works best on a Xeon server usually. It isn't really a great OS for laptops but you have to use what you need I understand. (as noted above) I'd look at the core i7's. Be sure it is a major name company that offers linux as a choice tends to help. The HP systems use linux and they may have a corporate model that comes with linux so you'd have some reasonable believe that it would run Centos.

Soadyheid 10-31-2016 08:38 PM

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The HP systems use linux and they may have a corporate model that comes with linux so you'd have some reasonable believe that it would run Centos.
An HP Gen 8 Microserver may suit? Neat little box, not too pricy, looks even cheaper if you shop around!

It looks like someone managed to get Centos running successfully on it as well though I remember being told there was something about the RAID, looks like the Centos poster has solved that though.

Play Bonny!

:hattip:

AwesomeMachine 11-01-2016 07:46 PM

For Linux I buy laptops on eBay. The price is right. The selection is second to none (70,000 or so). And the hardware has been out long enough that Linux developers have made it work. But the straightest laptops are Asus. That is, the least amount of proprietary BS.

HP, Lenovo, and Dell all have their own nonstandard features that can create problems for Linux users. If I'm going to get one of those for Linux I make sure it's at least two years old.

I just got a two-year-old Dell for Linux on eBay.

Mobile Core i7 8GB ram 14" WXGA with cellular modem, express slot, eSATA port, telephone modem, wireless NIC, wired NIC, Firewire port, 4 USB 2.0 + 1 USB 3, CD/DVD+-RW, SD CARD reader, docking port, on-demand backlit keyboard, ambient light sensor, mic, webcam, extended battery, AC Adapter, but no hard drive or operating system, for 97.00USD.

I popped in a 1TB hdd and loaded an Linux, and poof! $800.00 laptop! At
least according to Amazon.com.

quintze 11-02-2016 04:56 PM

Hey all, thanks for all the input so far. Feel free to keep it going.

I will keep in mind all you stated. I do ideally want to run a server at home that I can use as an ftp server. Then, I will also run motion on it and use it as a security camera server.

Then, I will use it as a testing ground for learning CentOS / Red Hat so that I can eventually pass my Red Hat Certified System Admin exam.

For now, that is the most use I will be doing for it. So, if I can get away with using a laptop for it, I prefer that, but I know a few of you do not recommend using a laptop as a server. Makes sense....I hear ya.


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