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Setting Up the Ideal Linux Desktop

Jan 20, 2009, 14:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"However, I occasionally do graphics work or review software that strains system resources, so I try to have at least one reasonably up to date computer. I always buy a customized workstation from a small specialty store (every major urban center should have a couple) after researching GNU/Linux hardware compatibility. Then, when it's assembled, I take a live CD -- preferably from my distribution of choice -- and test the assembled computer at the store before I take it home. These days, hardware compatibility is less and less of an issue, but, by making this effort, I sidestep any problems that might lessen the joy of a new machine.

"Annoyingly, I don't have the same option for a customized machine if I buy a laptop. At least, though, a laptop pre-loaded with GNU/Linux is an option these days. I won't have the instant gratification of picking it up off the shelf, but I can have one if I have the patience to wait a few days."

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