WOTL: Any thoughts for best desktop value these days?

Israel israeldahl at gmail.com
Tue Dec 23 13:51:19 UTC 2014

On 12/23/2014 03:10 AM, Nio Wiklund wrote:
> Den 2014-12-23 01:05, Fritz Hudnut skrev:
>> Folks:
>> So far all my computers have been Apple, but with the PPC iMac now at 12
>> years or so old and having an extended "illness" which it may or may not
>> survive . . . I've been considering a new/used desktop to replace it. 
>> Since I've been fiddling with linux for a couple of years I have some
>> options that let me avoid windows, and might still open the door for PC
>> options.  But, I don't know or have too much experience on the use of
>> PCs . . . .  Of course the answer will vary depending on who is
>> answering . . . but, any machines that are friendlier to linux . . . and
>> also that, um, might be persuaded to be friends with one of the osx
>> versions??  PS, I know apple doesn't like it's system on non-branded
>> machines . . . .
>> But, main question, any great value machines, primarily of a desktop
>> nature, where it could be possible to add internal HDs without too much
>> trouble, fiddle with components . . . and mainly be able to have a few
>> linux OSs available. . . without spending a whole lot of money???
>> Thanks for any thoughts,
>> F
> Hi Fritz,
> I think middle-aged Dell, HP or Lenova desktops, or even better:
> work-stations, work well with linux. (Core 2 Duo or newer processor)
> Some of the new computers with UEFI and hybrid graphics can be tricky.
> So try to get a good second-hand computer (refurbished or not, you can
> probably refurbish it yourself if necessary).
> I think you can browse through the sticky threads at the top of this link
> http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=332
> Best regards
> Nio
Hi Fritz,
If you are looking for a dual use computer to run OSX and Linux you will
need an Intel processor, an Nvidia graphics card and broadcom wireless
if I remember correctly.

 Personally I would just stick with finding a good computer for Linux
rather than trying to run OSX and Linux.  If you get a computer with
Intel processor and graphics you will have very little problems... 
Nvidia is famous for their lack of Linux support (though Steam is
helping this to change).  Honestly, though, there hasn't been a computer
that I have encountered that wouldn't run a version of Ubuntu...  It
seems that after 12.04 things just got much easier.  But, of course the
only EFI I have dealt with is the Apple GPT/MBR/EFI mishmash... not sure
how easy/hard Windows EFI is.


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