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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
While Linux runs great on most any hardware, it runs even better on a machine with ample memory and a recent CPU. Upgrade options abound for even the most hardware hacking averse. In this monthly roundup we'll take a look at options to get your Linux system running even better without breaking your budget.
If your machine is from one of the big name vendors such as Dell or HP, you might have upgrade options directly from them. Dell has one landing page to help you get a general idea on what you might be able to upgrade on your machine. If you happen to have one of their Dimension desktops, you'll want to take a look at this web page with specific information for each model. HP's home and home office shopping page has current deals plus a search tool to find upgrade parts.
If you've checked the price of memory lately you probably noticed a downward trend. Size and speed typically dictate cost with faster / bigger costing more. If you use your laptop for heavy-duty computing, like multiple virtual machines or scientific computation, you could definitely benefit from a memory upgrade.The nice thing about most Linux distros is most 32-bit versions have PAE (Physical Address Extension) enabled by default in their kernels, which means you can have more than 3 GB RAM and your 32-bit Linux will see all of it.