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Choosing hardware to run Linux

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Re: Choosing hardware to run Linux

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Post by Eadwine Rose » Mon Nov 26, 2018 5:51 pm

Thank you for that link Rich.. I no longer have my dear mate around to help build a system, but since this is some 10 years old (maybe less, but OLD it is) I have been very slowly thinking of building a new one. I can use all the works well with linux info I can get :)
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Re: Choosing hardware to run Linux

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Post by manyroads » Mon Nov 26, 2018 6:03 pm

@richb.... I sure wish there was a way to "thumbs up" a post here (not to mention get @richb to work) Anyway I like your link/ post. ;)
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Re: Choosing hardware to run Linux

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Post by wulf » Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:30 pm

I'd certainly encourage anyone who has the time and/or inclination, to give self building a go. By shopping around, it's possible to find top quality components and come-in considerably under budget when compared to the cost of a similar spec machine from well known brands. As richb stated, the two key components are the motherboard and the processor. If the processor can be considered to be the "brain" of the machine, then the motherboard is most certainly the "heart" of the system, and due diligence in it's selection will deliver a smooth and trouble free experience when compatible ram, hard drives, graphics etc, are connected.

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Re: Choosing hardware to run Linux

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Post by Stevo » Tue Nov 27, 2018 3:53 pm

If you have a choice, the consensus seems to be to avoid Broadcom and Ralink networking hardware. Some Realtek wi-fi can also be a real pain in the tukus.

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Re: Choosing hardware to run Linux

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Post by piperdan » Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:19 pm

I personally like the idea of saving older machines from the scrap heap. And with MX, my refurbished Dell Latitude runs fast and trouble-free.

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Post by manyroads » Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:22 pm

I, also, like saving old Laptop clunkers! I especially like seeing if I can use inexpensive parts to beef them up (soup them up?!?!) .
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Re: Choosing hardware to run Linux

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Post by entropyfoe » Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:13 pm

Saving old laptops, that's great, since I can't build a laptop.

For workstation (desktops) parts, go to newegg for the part, then in the review section there is a search function. I try debian, linux, ubuntu, mint as search terms, and usually if there a re lots of reviews, you will get actual user experience.

If hardware works with ubuntu or any debian based system, usually MX will have no trouble. That is my limited experience.
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Re: Choosing hardware to run Linux

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Post by entropyfoe » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:27 pm

yes, manyroads, it is souping them up.

To windows, a useless cast-off, but maybe double the RAM from 1 to 2G, or put in a cheap SSD, especially with antiX, and you have a useful system for cheap.
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Re: Choosing hardware to run Linux

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Post by Gordon Cooper » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:46 pm

That is exactly what I have done to a couple for family members - upgrade the RAM if necessary and replaced the HD with an SSD. Had to fit a new DVD drive on one, daughter preferred disks to USB's. They all worked well with MX. Using a recovered Dell desktop myself. There was a spare SATA 3 outlet on the mobo, so managed to squeeze in a 120GB SSD, leaving the resident spinning HD powered down most of the time. Dell do not provide much empty space for such additions but it works.
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Re: Choosing hardware to run Linux

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Post by manyroads » Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:37 pm

The big problem is that it gets dicey & pricey to upgrade the 'screen' .... and I do love HiDPI screens. ;)
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