Bob's home machines

July 20, 2017 in #laptop #windows #ubuntu #linux #Dell #AMD #Intel #trisquel #freenas

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.

An honourable mention also goes out to my Palm Z22. Even today it's a great personal organiser and the device still syncs data on GNU/Linux systems thanks to jpilot.

Last updated: January 2018

Description Type Operating System Hardware Specs What I use it for Acquired Last upgraded
HP Spectre 13 Laptop Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS 2.4GHz quad core Intel Core i5-6200U, 8GB RAM, 250GB SSD General use while traveling November 2016 N/A
Self-built Steam Machine Desktop Ubuntu MATE 16.04 LTS 4GHz eight core AMD FX8350, 16GB RAM, 500GB SSD, 3TB SSHD storage, AMD RX 480 graphics PC gaming rig & General use March 2016 April 2017
For most of the time I've owned the HP Spectre 13 it's run Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, but I'm trying out MATE in preparation for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Unfortunately I don't think the laptop itself was a particularly good purchase! It hasn't really stood up to the kind of punishment I put it through as a frequent traveller and programmer, and the fact it only has three external ports (all USB-C, with only 1 permitting data transfer) is a real problem. I'm hopeful I will still be able to use it through 2018 though and make a better choice for my next laptop some time in 2019.

My self-built Steam machine is the first proper PC gaming rig I've built 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 the chipset I picked is incompatible with the new AMD Ryzen range of processors, but it still seems more than adequate. I use it for writing, software development, recording the BTS podcast and gaming.

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