Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Buying a preinstalled Linux desktop or laptop

Filed under
Hardware

For my money, I'd first look to see if the company is an official partner of its Linux distributor. If I'm going to buy a SUSE Linux-powered computer, for example, I'd rather get it from someone who's a Novell partner rather than someone whose only connection to Novell is that they downloaded a copy of openSUSE 10.1.

Next, I'd look for a company that's been in the Linux business for a while. I'd want to know that if I have a technical problem, the first thing that the tech support crew suggests when I call isn't going to be to reinstall Windows.

When going over exactly what system I want to buy, I'm a big believer in the theory that's there's no such thing as too much RAM. If my budget is tight, I'd rather get more RAM than a faster processor or bigger hard drive any day of the week. In all my years of beating on PCs in tests, I've always found that the single easiest way to get more performance is to add more memory.

Full Story.

More in Tux Machines

today's howtos

Leftovers: Software

Leftovers: Gaming

SK Telecom to Open a New “Do-it-yourself” Era in Network Equipment

The network operating system will be based on Linux, with that solution that can offer a variety of features such as switching, routing, load balancing, firewall, and distributed denial-of-service. In addition, network virtualization, software-defined network controller, and other related features will be made available. Atto Research, the specialist in software-defined networking, will take the job of development work. Read more