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Old 07-28-2013, 04:15 PM   #1
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What should I consider when buying a computer for Linux


I would like to know what things should I consider if I like to buy a new computer to practice Ubuntu Linux. My main work involves mathematics and statistics so Sage, LaTeX and R should work on it. Also, I'm from Finland so the power supply unit should be 230 V.

Or will my computer work if I just choose any, say ASUS CM 6870-US012S, from http://icecat.co.uk/c/PCs|workstations.htm when country is Finland?

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Old 07-28-2013, 05:13 PM   #2
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A good place to start is here: http://www.ubuntu.com/certification/
 
Old 07-28-2013, 06:42 PM   #3
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Modern power supply units usually are able to adapt to the used voltages (most adapt to the range of 100-250V), so you shouldn't have a problem with that.
 
Old 07-28-2013, 07:47 PM   #4
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Some hardware vendors are notorious for NOT supporting Linux. Personally, Broadcom is a deal breaker for me. I never want to use fwcutter or ndiswrapper again! I've had similar pains with Canon printers and scanners. Intel and HP, on the other hand, have always been kind to me, so I continue to buy their products.
 
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It is funny you say Broadcom does not support Linux, since the first Google hit for "broadcom linux" goes directly to this page:

http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php
 
Old 07-29-2013, 04:17 AM   #6
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Broadcom was indeed known for not supporting Linux, but they changed their mind and now are supporting it.
 
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Desktop or laptop?
  1. Video card/chipset. NVidia (GeForce) and Intel have the best drivers. NVidia Optimuses are not supported at all, and support for AMD's video cards is still lagging behind (AFAIK).
  2. Wifi support. If it's a laptop, you'll definitely get a supported wifi chipset if you buy an Intel (Centrino), whereas with an AMD you might get a wifi chipset that needs ndiswrapper.

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Old 07-31-2013, 12:11 PM   #8
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A good idea is to make a short list of available models you like and then search to see if anyone's having problems. No-one seems to be complaining about the one you mention, Nvidia has a Linux driver for its video chip, and the networking is Intel: it sound fine.
 
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Desktop or laptop?[/list]
Probably desktop but first I migth try to buy a new graphics card for my broken computer and try if I'm able to run Linux with it.
 
  


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