"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
"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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