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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
As I mentioned in an earlier post, On Building, Buying, or Recycling a Computer to Run Ubuntu Linux, you have several options in acquiring the hardware to install and run Ubuntu Linux.
In brief, this is a “make or buy” decision. Is it best to buy a computer that someone else built or make your own computer, either by refurbishing an older one or building a new one from scratch.
It’s not that hard to build a computer these days. It is fun and you can usually build one for less cost than buying one from a manufacturer or dealer. It can also be a educational experience.
Part of the savings comes from not having to pay the “Windows tax,” the part of the manufacturer’s cost that consists of Windows licensing fees that must be sent to Microsoft’s coffers. You can also find better deals on used machines if you look for machines that don’t come with Windows, as fewer people will be interested in them.
Here’s a report on my recent experience building a computer from scratch based on the ECS GeForce 6100SM-M motherboard.