In the interests of transparency and allowing people to assess my own bias in these blog posts I've listed here the boxes I use at home.
You can also read about my previous machines here.
Last updated: November 2017
|Description||Type||Original Operating System||Operating System(s) natively installed||Hardware Specs||What I use it for||Acquired||Last upgraded|
|HP Spectre 13||Laptop||Windows 10 Home||Ubuntu 16.04 LTS||2.4GHz quad core Intel Core i5-6200U, 8GB RAM, 250GB SSD||General use||November 2016||N/A|
|New-build PC||Desktop||None||SteamOS||4GHz eight core AMD FX8350, 16GB RAM, 500GB SSD, 3TB SSHD storage, AMD RX 480 graphics||Gaming Rig||March 2016||April 2017|
|Dell Optiplex 945||Desktop||Windows XP Professional||Trisquel GNU/Linux 7.0||2.13GHz dual core Intel Core 2 Duo E6400, 8GB RAM, 160GB HDD, DVD-RW drive, 3.5" floppy drive||Professional writing work, Software Development||June 2017||December 2017|
For most of the time I've owned the HP Spectre 13 it's bounced between Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. I recently spent 4 weeks running FSF-approved GNU/Linux distro Trisquel on it. Unfortunately something's up with the USB-C ports on my laptop and (even on other live Linux distros) it no longer connects to external peripherals reliably. I've had to switch back to Ubuntu so I could use the internal WiFi card again, but when this laptop finally dies (it's coming like a freight train!) I'll be buying a more "FOSS-friendly" replacement that can run it.
My "new-build PC" was the first proper gaming rig I've built with new components for myself. Originally it started out with an MSI-branded AMD R9 380 graphics card, but I chose to future-proof for 4K gaming & VR with a Sapphire-branded AMD RX 480. Unfortunately I chipset I picked is incompatible with the new AMD Ryzen range of processors, but what I've picked seems suitable for my needs. I initially dual-booted with Ubuntu and Windows 10, but I've now opted to have it underneath my living room TV.
Finally the Dell Optiplex was originally bought from a recycler and came with 4GB RAM and 160GB HDD. While I originally bought it for retro gaming, after a little research I came to the conclusion that upgrading the hardware and installing GNU/Linux on it would rekindle the box as a solid work horse. For a time it ran Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, but since the RAM upgrade I now run the FSF-approved Trisquel GNU/Linux.