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Rio 12-09-2010 02:18 PM

Buying a Computer
 
Hey,

I'm just about clueless when it comes to hardware. I want Bill Gates out of my life and I'm wondering what I should look for in buying a box to run linux on.

I do a little bit of web development, watch movies, email, etc.

Where do I look and what should I look for?

Thanks!

AlucardZero 12-09-2010 02:31 PM

The main thing to watch out for is the graphics card. Integrated Intel cards are well supported, but will be underpowered so you wouldn't want to game on them (videos should be fine). ATI or NVidia cards have half-decent open source drivers (or decent closed-source drivers but these can be difficult to set up).

The other thing is the wireless card. Intel wireless cards have open source native drivers so should work well. Other cards you may have to jump through hoops like ndiswrapper.

In either case, you should look at your choices and do some searching to see if the piece of hardware has Linux support.

Other than that, anything other that the bleeding edge should work as long as you install a newer release of your chosen Linux distro. If you like the older releases then you should go with older hardware.

TobiSGD 12-09-2010 03:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rio (Post 4186251)
I do a little bit of web development, watch movies, email, etc.

OK, so nothing that really needs a power machine. I would go with a computer with a cheap Intel dual core processor on a mainboard with Intel chipset/graphics and 2 GB RAM, so that you can run your development environment and a webserver to test your projects, and maybe a small VM to test your projects with IE. Size of harddisk depends on your personal needs.

I think, the best way to be sure about Linux compatibility is to choose a system in your price range and then post the specs here, or look in the Linux HCL.

Rio 12-17-2010 01:14 PM

Is a Laptop an Option?
 
My experiences using laptops to develop on hasn't been good. But I prefer a laptop if reliability (esp. batteries) isn't an issue. In the past I've had nothing but trouble with batteries. But I wonder if the reduced demand of a linux OS (I'm thinking of using Ubuntu 10.10) makes this less of a concern. I appreciate all replies.

Cheers

TobiSGD 12-17-2010 01:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Rio (Post 4194978)
My experiences using laptops to develop on hasn't been good. But I prefer a laptop if reliability (esp. batteries) isn't an issue. In the past I've had nothing but trouble with batteries. But I wonder if the reduced demand of a linux OS (I'm thinking of using Ubuntu 10.10) makes this less of a concern. I appreciate all replies.

Cheers

The power drawn from your batteries have next to nothing to do with what OS you use (if it is somewhat modern, so no DOS). It depends in the first place on the hardware built in your laptop and the applications you are running.


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