raymac46 Posted September 30, 2020 Share Posted September 30, 2020 Let me count the ways. You may have some additional ways I haven't used. Repurpose an existing Windows machine you already own. This is how I got started (Dell Dimension 4100 desktop) and I have done it recently with a Lenovo laptop. Remove Windows, install your own favorite distro. Dumpster diving. I got my first Linux laptop that way - a 1997 Compaq from the recycler. It was junk but I got it working with Vector Linux. Buy a preinstalled Linux machine. Only did this once with a 32 bit 1st gen Acer netbook and to be honest I wasn't impressed with the result. I had to remove the default Linux because it was so badly configured. No wonder Linux failed on the first netbooks. Donations. I have received many obsolete Windows machines over the years and either kept them (Toshiba netbook) or passed them on after refurbishment. This usually means installing an SSD nowadays before putting Linux on the unit. I refurbed one particularly nice desktop and 7 years later upgraded it again. Off lease. A super way to get a good basic machine at a great price. Have done it several times, mostly Dell or Lenovo commercial grade stuff. They came with Windows but I removed it of course. Buy a clone. Did this once - had the maker build it so that it booted to the BIOS setup, then installed Linux. This unit is 12 years old now and still works great. Build your own. This is the optimal way if you want a new desktop. You can choose your hardware for best results. 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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