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Old 12-16-2019, 04:14 AM   #46
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Pen guin,

My suggestion would be to buy a cheap used Lenovo Thinkpad:

https://certification.ubuntu.com/des...vendors=Lenovo
 
Old 12-16-2019, 09:21 AM   #47
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As a new user, I've never been fond of the Ubuntu distro. Would I be able to change it? And if I did, how well would the new distro run on the laptop?

What are the advantages of a laptop vs an SBC to learn about the CLI? (which I may lose interest in later.)

The link you posted, didn't list any prices...
 
Old 12-16-2019, 09:44 AM   #48
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Pen guin,

You can use whatever distro you prefer.

That link gives a list of certified hardware for Ubuntu. It is far from exclusive.

Most laptops will run Linux without much difficulty.

NB If you find a possible laptop just use Google to check that there are no wifi card problems (e.g. ASUS abc123 wifi ubuntu).

It depends on your budget.

Do you already have a monitor?

If so then maybe the RasPi/SBC route is preferred with all new components.
Example of RasPi 4 kit:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/ras...p-replacement/

Otherwise look on ebay etc for a used laptop. There are plenty around at reasonable prices, especially with W7 users selling off their machines.

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Old 12-16-2019, 10:14 AM   #49
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As a new user, I've never been fond of the Ubuntu distro. Would I be able to change it? And if I did, how well would the new distro run on the laptop?
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There's many distros out there, the best person to decide which one you should use is yourself. You can have a look at this sticky thread in this very forum to give you some pointers on how to decide.

This is the benefit of "live" systems - as you can basically "try before you buy". At the end of the day, if the "live" system runs well and supports your machine's hardware, then said distro should run just as well actually installed on your machine. It's the best way to know how well or otherwise it does or doesn't work on said machine - a "virtual machine" won't give you the same idea.
 
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Pen guin,

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Do you already have a monitor?

If so then maybe the RasPi/SBC route is preferred with all new components.
Yes, I do. I was thinking about that, because of the lower up front costs. My only question was, a question of which model to get, given my goals.


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Otherwise look on ebay etc for a used laptop. There are plenty around at reasonable prices, especially with W7 users selling off their machines.
The thing about that is, you really have to go into the store to try the keyboard out, and see how heavy the notebook is. For my purposes, I would give the nod to an SBC setup, with the only shortcoming being that not all distros will run on it. Pi runs on "ARM" which I gather not all distros are not set up for.

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Old 12-17-2019, 03:48 AM   #51
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Pen guin,

Linux distros on ARM:
https://www.slant.co/topics/5304/~li...m-architecture

On the other side of the coin, a laptop would allow you to run any distro you wanted.

It all depends on your priority and budget.

I have nothing against RasPis. I used Raspbian on a RasPi some time ago.

In your situation I would prefer the greater flexibility of a laptop with regard to distro choice, much greater hard drive size and portability.

Only you can make the decision. Good luck with whatever you decide.

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Old 12-18-2019, 01:38 AM   #52
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What are the advantages of a laptop vs an SBC to learn about the CLI?
None.
You can use anything that runs Linux.

If you're worried about cost, get yourself a cheap used laptop off ebay (after making reasonably sure it will run Linux).
Anticipating your next question: you make reasonably sure by checking the usual suspects' Linux comaptibility: GPU, WiFi.
Or just search "Install Linux on <model of laptop>".

And no, it doesn't need to be a laptop either.
 
Old 12-26-2019, 12:34 PM   #53
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the largest I've ever had a linux install up to was ~50GB.
if you are going to cart around a bunch of movies and suck get a external hdd you can plug in next to it in another usb port.
Is the 50GB inclusive of all the files in the Linux installation?
Would you think that I would be ok with a 250GB NVMe drive? (for a Linux installation.)
Thanks in advance,

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Old 12-26-2019, 05:54 PM   #54
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250 should be fine unless as BW-userx suggests.
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you really have to go into the store to try the keyboard out
I got a decent price on a used Lenovo TP430 from overstock dot com and didn't have to try out the keyboard, have had it a couple years now without problems. Its a Windows machine (running Ubuntu in VBox) and as already mentioned VirtualBox doesn't provide real test for metal installation - is ok just to get a feel for a distro but not for apples to apples hardware testing. I put Ubuntu vbox guest there because moved vdi from a different pc.

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