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Author: Jerry Snitselaar
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Subject: Re: Building a Linux Computer?
On Mon May 21 18, Stephen Partington wrote:
>I have found that intel/AMD hybrid laptop combinations are a real pita to
>work with and get all of your hardware running. I have found very little in
>the way of server hardware that will run from Dell. I used to have issues
>with HP but I am a fair distance from that time having not used HP servers
>in about a decade.
>Intel has embraced Linux pretty well of late so aside from hybrid soft raid
>it all works. Most people use Linux on older computers because it tends to
>bring them a second wind. And hardware waste kind of bugs us all.

Intel has one of the largest kernel teams of any company right
now. They do a pretty good job at getting support for their hardware
into the kernel as quickly as possible, usually working on it well
before the hardware is available to the public.

Any idea what Dell systems you were having trouble with? We have a
number of different power edge systems in our testing environment
that get used for RHEL testing.

>Depending on budget and need you can find some great deals on refurbished
>servers from Newegg.
>On Mon, May 21, 2018, 7:55 PM Todd Cole <> wrote:
>> Hi Mike
>> bigger question is what will Linux not run on. Broadcom wifi can be a
>> bit of a problem but i have not had issues with that in a while
>> consider going to the installfest 1st and 3rd Saturdays at UAT 48th and
>> baseline Tempe 10-4PM we have had very few that we could not get working
>> correctly,
>> usually due to lack if time to sort out any bugs( showing up at 3pm works
>> if there are no bugs)but....
>> we have even installed to apple G3. Brand new (less that 1 yr old) CPU or
>> MB models may have drivers/microcode that have not been added to linux yet
>> so that may be the only thing to stay away from or trial and error
>> Linux is smaller and faster than windows but avoid too old say a Pentium4
>> 64 bit would work but you would still have by todays standards a slow
>> computer
>> Todd
>> On Mon, May 21, 2018 at 7:30 PM, mike enriquez <> wrote:
>>> I am planing to build a Linux computer. I have Ubuntu 16.0 on an old
>>> Dell XPS. I will be using it as my research computer. So "I will be going
>>> where where others do not dare to go." I want a VPN on it because I have
>>> not been able to install a VPN on the computer I now have. I want a 64bit
>>> OS.
>>> I know that most people say to use and old computer to run Linux. I need
>>> ideas on Hardware to avoid and use. What would you do if you had to build
>>> your own Linux computer from scratch?
>>> Thanks for your input.
>>> Mike Enriquez
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