Here we go...groats said:First of all, are you REQUIRED to run specific, Windows-only software in order to do or keep your job? If so, you need to find out what the requirements are for that software, and whether or not it will run on Windows 7. Some won't. That narrows down your choices quite a bit.
Now, since I don't have any need to run Windows-only programs, I can first of all avoid paying the Microsoft tax by using Linux (Mint or Ubuntu or Ultimate all work fine for me, and come with every program I could possibly want for business or home use, so I don't have to spend anything more than the 30 cents a blank CD costs.
In addition, by using Linux, I can run an older, lower-horsepower computer without a problem. Most of mine are anywhere from 5 to 10 years old, salvaged from businesses who had discarded them. They all work very well for anything I need. Plenty fast and stable, and cost nothing at all, other than a few minutes cleaning them up.
Landfills and storage rooms across the country are overflowing with perfectly good computers. Is it really necessary to buy even more from China? And for what - just so we can brag about how we paid way too much for it?AV8R said:Here we go...
I like Groat's thinkin'. At one time I had three discarded computers all doing various things around the house which didn't require any great amounts of h.p. to do. The only fast computer I had was the one I used for gaming.groats said:
+1 I have a 17" Viewsonic from around 2001 and it's as sharp as it was when I bought it.FallschirmjÃ¤ger said:Oh, and if you're going to build a desktop, remember that while computers may be ephemeral, a good monitor can last for years and years. I still have a 17-inch monitor from the mid 90's ... somewhere.
Apple has its issues for sure, but they pale in comparison to the problems with non-Unix systems 8) Basically, an Apple computer is really great for someone who does not want to administer a Linux or FreeBSD computer and yet wants the benefit of not dealing with the usability and security issues with a Windows computer.New2Atlanta said:Anything but Apple
We have an older Dell tower that my wife used in grad school.....hmmmmm....I'd really like to try to do something with it too. How difficult would it be to turn it into a Linux machine? Can you point me in the right direction? I need a new project that I can do w/out spending much $$Archangel said:If you are in Metro-ATL check out Fry's or MicroCenter for bare bones set ups for cheap.
I build everything I use (cept for laptops).
I also highly recommend Linux. I use Ubuntu and have been trouble free for years. Converted my wife over to it with an OLD T40 Thinkpad. Zippy fast, and stable, Open Office is free, and viola!