Mhm, yesyes, I know I said it all before and you should know about it. Theoretically … schmeoretically. Yeah, writing about affordable computers for you to test and play with your newfound love for Linux. And all that without even touching your main hardware, your beloved production system, your Windows gaming machine.
Yeah, keep that shit. Who am I to tell you what OS to put on your own personal hardware? If you’re happy with Microsofts’s most beloved daughter, if she’s truly making you happy then, by all means, stand by her!
That doesn’t mean you can’t and shouldn’t flirt with Linux! Because, yes, you should! And following Orca’s logic you need a suitable hardware to put your Linux(es) of choice on, dontcha? I you’ve followed this bloggy for a while you know the editrix has a kinda fetish for sff desktop computers. She thinks they are pretty nifty and they save space. What, not enough power? Hey, didn’t I say you must keep your working SL and gaming computer as it is? So, there, you’re sorted. You won’t need the world’s mostest fastest compi just to testride some Linux distros on.
Now off to purchase a nice computer just to install many Linuxes on, one by one, and play around with them. Check if you like the GUI and if the whole system is speedy enough. All that fun stuff. So what are we looking for?
Laptop of course. But not just any old heap of scrap metal but you’re looking for Lenovo ThinkPads! Not just any old Lenny, a ThinkPad it must be. Not that HP doesn’t make some professional grade laptops as well but we dunnae know nothing about them so we stick with the mostest famoustest. Lenovo ThinkPads, ThinkStations and ThinkCentres are the direct continuation of the famous IBM machines of the same model names. By the way, you won’t necessarily need a laptop; if you have keyboard/mouse and a screen, why not go stationary?
What does that mean for you?
You won’t get shit!
You’ll find heaps of them for rather worthwile prices on Ebay, Craigslist, your local paper or maybe even on Amazon. These are machines phased out of office use and replaced by newer models. Those machines ideally have been bought, once installed at a secretary’s desk, only been touched to switch on and apart from that used for light office use. When I bought my last Lenovo mini desktop, the infamous Gaga, there was even a piece of clingfilm still stuck to the case. That thing is spotless!
Particularly with Lenovo’s IBM branded machines you won’t just get hardware on professional level but you’ll get it for dirt cheap. See, when companies are phasing out their hardware it is already “written off”, they don’t need to create a profit by selling the stuff, they just need to get rid of it so they have room for the incoming new International Business Machines. 😉 This means heaps of fine fine office machines for very worthwile prices. So before you go for something more fancy schmanzy, rather have a look at what you can source locally with the Lenovo ThinkThings moniker on it.
Nothing wrong with the old machines, they are just written off and about to be replaced. You know what that means for you: Linux olé! Because – and this can’t be over emphasized enough – contrary to Lenovo’s amateur models, these machines aren’t spiked with spyware and bloatware but coming with just the normal UEFI/BIOS and a copy Windows. Or totally empty, which would be ideal. Anyways, nobody’s trying to avoid a Linux install on these computers and put sticks and stones in your way. Installing a Linux distro, by replacing the probably still in place Windows, should be as easy as eating pancakes. And since these things are coming out of office environments there’ll often be a keyboard/mouse combo, or sometimes even a screen, coming with it. GO FOR IT!
So, fuk me, in the case of Lenovo you can really have your cake and eat it!