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Linux Machines

Originally I have only kept notes for myself on working with various bits of hardware. This might be useful for your Linux journey. My hardware is all fairly old, ancient by some standards but it still gets the job done. When these machines break down or are no longer able to do the job I request of them, they will be replaced. I guess that makes me not the ideal consumer. As a rule, I don't like to throw something away until it is no longer useful or not practical to continue maintaining.

Current Linux Machines

I have found that Dell seems to just work with Linux, no tweaking necessary unless there was a Broadcom wireless driver to install. I am also extremely appreciative that they have been using the same power supply barrel connector for years, so I always have a power supply somewhere.

Dell Latitude E6440
Primary on-the-go machine. Intel Core i7-4610M, 500GB SSHD drive 1080p screen with the AMD GPU. It is running openSUSE Tumbleweed flawlessly. I have been a little skeptical of the rolling release likelihood of breaking a system. So far, it has been without any problems. Admittedly, this is not a top-of-the-line machine but it has what I want. Most notably, the dock station ability. Very convenient to go from desk to lap with just the push of a button for separation. Also, running KDE Plasma Desktop, dock to undock automatically and flawlessly updates my screen layout and remembers each screen "location." Super slick and the best implementation I have experienced. A nice feature of this machine is, everything worked without any tweaking. This is a large part of why I recommend Dell Latitude series of machines. This had to be the most uneventful Linux installation I have ever accomplished.

Dell Latitude D630
This is my 9-year old rig that just keeps chugging away. I have upgraded the RAM to it's max allowable 8GB, upgraded the CPU to the max allowable 2.6 Ghz Core2 Duo T9500, installed a Atheros wireless-N NIC and upgraded the Hard drive to a 1TB SSHD drive. This runs openSUSE Tumbleweed. I have not had any issues with the open source Nvidia drivers, Nouaveu, and since the switch to Tumbleweed the machine has had a new breath of life.

Dell Latitude D830
4 GB RAM, Core2 Duo CPU, Nvidia graphics card and 500GB HDD. Runs openSUSE Leap 42.3 with KDE Plasma 5. This particular machine is a "Side-kick" machine in the office. It just hangs out and does simple admin type tasks of which my very nicely equipped i7 Core Windows 7 machine seems to struggle and slicing STL files for 3D printing.

Acer Aspire One D255E Netbook
2010 built netbook, Intel Atom N455 1.66GHz CPU, 2 GB DDR3 Memory and a 250 GB HDD. Runs openSUSE Tumbleweed and KDE Plasma extremely efficiently. This machine acts as my portable note taker and communications device

iMac G5
Runs Ubuntu-Mate as this is a PowerPC based system. Mate does great at the 2GB of RAM that this has and is nice and snappy. It does struggle with most YouTube videos which is unfortunate. Does well for listening to the radio and simple web browsing.

Panasonic Tough Book
Core2 Duo machine running openSUSE Leap 42.3. Acts as a media server in the living room

Other machines I find interesting

HP Stream 11
The build quality and fell of this machine is what I really enjoyed most. Read more here on my experience with it

Specific Hardware Experiences
More to come here but this will include: Hardware I like, hardware I don't Like, work around issues I have overcome with some "obscure" bits of hardware