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This is my first build! Coming from a ASUS Chromebox, this is definitely quite the upgrade. I'm still testing distros, but for now I'm running Ubuntu 18. I built this machine after settling on a quantitative specialty in my Political Science Master's degree.

I went with AMD for their price/performance ratio and reading about their friendliness to open source. I use R and RStudio for most of my experimentation with data science, but I'll be learning more about Python soon.

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  • 13 months ago
  • 5 points

It's been a while since I've seen an Ubuntu OS on a current build. I plan on installing Linux to my system as well as soon as I can get the dual boot option on my PC to work. Nice build.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I have just ordered a 2nd ssd so I have to space to dual boot Ubuntu and Windows

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

This is a good solution. I'd like to do this just for funzies. Like Linux on principle, but need the compatibility of Windows. I don't feel like partitioning my OS drive. Maybe I'll grab an NVME drive for my main boot drive and then throw Ubuntu on my SATA SSD.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I agree. I prefer Ubuntu to Windows but need office and games. I have actually ordered a 2nd NVME so my current 256 GB will become my Linux boot drive and my new 512 GB will be used for Windows.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Try to avoid gnome, KDE runs better and smothier

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I've been meaning to try out another desktop environment. I'm still a bit of a Linux noob. Gnome has been running fine on this machine, but it's a little slow on my customized Chromebook Pixel which is also running Ubuntu 18.04

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I had a lot of problems with stuttering and slowdows in sites like youtube or doying simple tasks like opening photos.

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

+1 for just for linux!

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

I love it! I do wish Linux was the 'gaming' os, but there is so little support because Unix file systems work differently. Mac OS and Linux use the forward slash when naming things from their root, and Windows uses a backwards slash! Yes, that's really the reason! Should not have to pay for an operating system. Linux also has the added benefit of a built-in gmd compiler in the terminal for C++ developers (which most games are written in). On windows you have to go through great pains to compile C++ code, finding something like MinGW or MSYS2

  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

Yeah, paying $100+ for a bloated and intrusive operating system was definitely a turn off. So far I've had pretty good luck with Linux and the games I like.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Are they games that are native to Linux, or are you using some sort of compatibility layer like Steam's solution (don't recall what it's called)?

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

A TON of games on steam work natively. Anything with the steam logo next to it in the store works natively. Steam has been pushing for this ever since releasing Steam OS which itself is a Linux distro. I've tried a few games with Steam Play / Proton (for example, Fallout New Vegas).

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Thanks for the info. I will have to see which games are supported and see if I can find some performance comparisons. Wouldn't be surprised if games with native support had equivalent or higher perf due to lower system overhead.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Question: any experience with playing games that don't officially support AMD GPU's on Linux? I have an RX 570 as well, but Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, which I've been playing a lot lately, says it only supports Nvidia cards on Linux. Basically the gist is that you can try it but you might have sub-pqe performance.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Ubuntu! I use GalliumOS, which is an Ubuntu derivative designed for Chromebooks, on my laptop (mostly for work) and Windows 10 on my desktop. It's been a while since I used Ubuntu proper as a daily driver. I have used both Ubuntu and Mint on my media server as well, but they weren't getting along with Plex for some reason, so I've got Windows on there as well. Thinking about switching it back but haven't had the time.

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Another +1 for linux. Have you looked at OpenSuse? It's the distro I use. (Partly out of inertia, I'll admit, but KDE generally stays out of my way and doesn't annoy, so I've been sticking with it.)

  • 13 months ago
  • 1 point

Intel and unix for biomechanical data recovery

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  • 13 months ago
  • 2 points

I know this is cliche, but gaming on Linux really is getting better every year. People need to adopt Linux, put up with SteamPlay and/or WINE so developers will see a demand to work on compatibility from the get-go.