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Antarctica32
March 6th, 2011, 07:51 PM
Just wanted to see. I think HP will be first then Dell. Please check all that apply.

CharlesA
March 6th, 2011, 07:53 PM
Server is custom built.
Desktop is custom built.
Backup Desktop is an old Dell.
Netbook is an Asus.

Hur Dur
March 6th, 2011, 07:53 PM
All of my computers are Dell, besides an old piece of junk Acer. My current one is Dell Inspiron 1545.

Antarctica32
March 6th, 2011, 08:00 PM
I have 2 Compaqs, 2 Dell Dimensions, and 1 homebuilt with Asus motherboard.

Frogs Hair
March 6th, 2011, 08:08 PM
Home built with Asus Nvidia based AMD 2+ socket mother board .

m_duck
March 6th, 2011, 08:26 PM
A bit of everything really. Desktop and HTPC are both custom builds, current laptop is a macbook, old one is an acer, netbook is asus and an old family laptop that I 'acquired' is a compaq.

cascade9
March 6th, 2011, 08:31 PM
3/5 homebuilt systems (5 is a maybe, I think the old P4 has died, and there is an athlon I havent checked properly yet) and 1 P3 compaq I found on the side of the road.

I wouldnt be suprised if homebuilt was the most popular.

PhilGil
March 6th, 2011, 08:35 PM
I wouldnt be suprised if homebuilt was the most popular.
True. Linux would appeal to computer builders, both for the cost savings (vs. purchasing Windows) and the do-it-yourself appeal.

Office desktop: Old Dell
Home desktop: Homebuilt
Netbook: ASUS

speedwell68
March 6th, 2011, 08:41 PM
3 Acers, a desktop, laptop and netbook. My proxy server is a Dell.

Dustin2128
March 6th, 2011, 08:55 PM
My old P4's a gateway, partially rebuilt at home, current desktop is an HP upgraded swapped out and rebuilt, going for a total reconstruction when I've got the cash, and the rest are homebuilt.

Spr0k3t
March 6th, 2011, 09:42 PM
All of my "desktop" computer systems I have are built. Laptops wise...

System76, ZAReason, & ASUS.

Waiting for a wifi-only dual core Android tablet to become available.

beetleman64
March 6th, 2011, 09:52 PM
Desktop is a Packard Bell (which I suppose is now part of Acer). Decent, although the graphics chip is really --

Laptop is a Fujitsu-Siemens. It's better, but suspend doesn't work, and wireless is permanently on.

I've got an old Toshiba laptop somewhere. Amazing - it worked flawlessly with Ubuntu, Fedora, PC-BSD, OpenSolaris, and even Windows XP. Most compatible machine I've ever owned.

The moral of the story: buy Ubuntu certified hardware when possible.

Breambutt
March 6th, 2011, 10:05 PM
Never would've thought people still buy "brand" desktops (even those with Windows), always felt like it's something you pick for your first PC. Hard to avoid with laptops, I guess.

Old_Grey_Wolf
March 6th, 2011, 10:05 PM
I have Dell, HP/Compaq, Asus, and Lenovo. I chose Other because the IBM PC Group was acquired by Lenovo. I also have Frankenstein™ computers built from spare parts taken from other computers that were given to me. The Frankenstein™ computers are similar to home built; however, you can't beet the price.

Antarctica32
March 6th, 2011, 10:23 PM
When I created the IBM option I suspected people would still select that even though it's lenovo now. I thought that if I made a Lenovo option nobody would have selected it, guess I made a mistake. I also forgot to make an Acer option.

Breambutt
March 6th, 2011, 10:27 PM
Nobody uses Acer. They explode or melt before managing to boot into OS.

pbpersson
March 6th, 2011, 10:34 PM
I have one Dell, one HP, and four homebuilt

I did not include the IBM laptop, I never think about it unless I am using it

Old_Grey_Wolf
March 6th, 2011, 10:38 PM
When I created the IBM option I suspected people would still select that even though it's lenovo now. I thought that if I made a Lenovo option nobody would have selected it, guess I made a mistake. I also forgot to make an Acer option.

I didn't see Toshiba listed either. I have Toshiba mini-notebook as well. :)

linuxforartists
March 6th, 2011, 10:39 PM
I've got an Asus laptop. I'm a big fan of Asus now, but I didn't know the brand at the time I bought the laptop. Got lucky and stumbled onto a great brand.

Asus makes quality computers. I'm debating between buying a new Asus laptop or getting a custom-built desktop. Mostly leave my computer at home anyways, should I take advantage of the better prices and greater power of a desktop?

Getting back to the topic, brands are getting less and less important. Apparently, there are 2 or 3 Taiwanese companies that manufacture most of the world's computers (in Chinese factories, naturally).

See #3 on this list:

6 Secret Monopolies You Didn't Know Run the World (http://www.cracked.com/article_18845_6-secret-monopolies-you-didnt-know-run-world_p2.html)

Quanta Computer and Foxconn Technology Group (a.k.a Honhai Precision Industry) are the biggest players. For more info on Taiwan Inc., check out this article: Why Taiwan Matters (http://www.businessweek.com/print/magazine/content/05_20/b3933011.htm?chan=gl).

LinuxFox
March 6th, 2011, 10:40 PM
I voted other, I'm using an Acer laptop right now. Though I also have a very old Apple Macintosh Perfoma 6116CD (still works) and a broken custom built desktop. Though I did give my desktop to a friend to fix so I'm looking forward to using it once it's fixed.

mmsmc
March 6th, 2011, 10:43 PM
2 dells, gateway, and an hp, each computer is over 5 years old, and linux makes them run like new!

Old_Grey_Wolf
March 6th, 2011, 10:54 PM
2 dells, gateway, and an hp, each computer is over 5 years old, and linux makes them run like new!

I haven't seen a Gateway computer in so long I was surprised to find they were still in business. :)

Antarctica32
March 6th, 2011, 11:04 PM
2 dells, gateway, and an hp, each computer is over 5 years old, and linux makes them run like new!

Very similar here. I get a lot of old PCs for my Eagle Scout project

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1676724

people give them to me saying that they are incredibly slow and I wouldn't want them. I install Lucid and they run like new. I think a major part of it is that users download applications and stupid pointless programs and over time it makes their system slow, that among other things.

Old_Grey_Wolf
March 6th, 2011, 11:08 PM
Never would've thought people still buy "brand" desktops (even those with Windows), always felt like it's something you pick for your first PC. Hard to avoid with laptops, I guess.

Are you surprised that people are buying brand-name desktops versus home-built or are you surprised that people are buying brand-name pre-built desktops versus non-brand-name pre-built desktops?

Laptops are different; however, I have a Frankenstein™ laptop I put together.

ubuntu27
March 6th, 2011, 11:09 PM
I have two HP laptops.

Oh! I also have a HP/Compaq desktop PC. I had forgotten about that. It doesn't show anything on the screen anymore.

Old_Grey_Wolf
March 6th, 2011, 11:23 PM
Very similar here. I get a lot of old PCs for my Eagle Scout project

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1676724


Nice Eagle Scout project!

It combines helping your community, recycling, and other things.

uRock
March 6th, 2011, 11:23 PM
1 Asus (Netbook)
1 Dell (Optiplex GX270)
1 HP (Portable Home Theater)
1 Lenovo (3000 J Series)

Comparing the quality in my experience, future purchases will be Lenovo, if not a custom built machine.

cptrohn
March 6th, 2011, 11:28 PM
1 Zotac barebones netbook.... (loved it because it had some extra expansion to it, plus everything is easy to get to.) And one homebuilt full tower that I am getting put together just the way I like it and want it to run.... Then I have a Foxxcon barebones I am using as a freeNAS, but thinking about turning into a mythbox in the very near future, or I might just get an HTPC case and do the mythbox a little more custom.

Antarctica32
March 6th, 2011, 11:46 PM
Nice Eagle Scout project!

It combines helping your community, recycling, and other things.

Thank you. My project is now well under way and I am building a computer lab for a poor school.

Old_Grey_Wolf
March 6th, 2011, 11:56 PM
Thank you. My project is now well under way and I am building a computer lab for a poor school.

You will learn a lot of things and gain experience from the project that will help you in a future carrier or applying for one.

I guess we better get back on topic. :P

gnomeuser
March 7th, 2011, 07:07 AM
Having seen this:

(especially part 3)
http://pdnblog.palm.com/2011/03/wrap-up-webos-developer-conference-at-mobile-world-congress/

I formally change my vote to HP.. Don't tell me they are not planning to expand that goodness. The thing even comes with a keyboard. I lush it, and it's devil spawn phone cousin. I know it is propritary at its core but it simply has superior design right now.

This is what we need to be competing with.

Garthhh
March 7th, 2011, 04:35 PM
I keep installing 10.04 or mint9 on HP dc5000's my BIL [brother in law] gives me. These are small form factor like you would see on a desk at an office. A P4 processor & 4 slots for ram [4g total], 6usb's
the biggest negatives are the PSU is only 185watts [a custom shape] & the fan for the processor a squirell cage , which can make it trickey to transplant the MOBO into a regular ATX case.
once I remove the 1/2 pound of hair & dust from the heatsink, they are very quiet:)

WRDN
March 7th, 2011, 04:36 PM
My main machine was home built, while my server is an IBM machine.

blueturtl
March 7th, 2011, 05:34 PM
Desktops are all self-built. Branded systems of any kind are Dell and Fujitsu Siemens.

Dell Latitude D600
Fujitsu Siemens Lifebook E4010
Fujitsu Siemens Scaleo E HTPC

FoxEWolf
March 7th, 2011, 07:15 PM
Apple, Dell, HP, and custom Asus Motherboard based PC.

drawkcab
March 8th, 2011, 04:49 AM
Custom Laptop based on MSI 1651.
Asus eepc 900a netbook.
Acer Revo 3600 HTPC.

My next purchase is going to be an ubuntu tablet, whenever those become available for under $300.

Rasa1111
March 8th, 2011, 05:30 AM
2 IBM's (thinkpads) One old, One new.
1 Dell
1 Compaq
1 Everex

lisati
March 8th, 2011, 05:35 AM
Laptop: Toshiba
Desktop/Server: Compaq
Old desktp: Digital
Sitting under the dining table: Non-functioning Dell
Upstairs: 2xCommodore 128

Garthhh
March 8th, 2011, 06:46 AM
I wonder if I can get Puppy Linux to run on an Atari Portfolio:D

gerowen
March 8th, 2011, 06:56 AM
I've got a Bubba's Big PC with two deca-core i10s, 128 GB of RAM, a 50 PB hard drive, the latest version of every Linux distro and a pirated copy of Windows 12. Did I mention it has a 30 foot ethernet cable?

Nah here's both my actual systems:

Laptop (Mine)
Toshiba Satellite L355D-S7829
Ubuntu 10.10 64bit
4 GB RAM
2.1 Ghz AMD Turion X2 64 Processor
250 GB Hard Drive
256 MB ATI Radeon 3100 Graphics

Desktop (Wife/Family)
Dell Dimension 5100c
Ubuntu 10.10 64bit
2 GB RAM
2.8 Ghz Intel Pentium D (64bit) Processor
80GB Hard Drive
64 MB(Either 64 or 128, not sure) ATI Radeon X600 Graphics

Jahid65
March 8th, 2011, 07:08 AM
Desktop: Custom built (Intel Pentium 4 2.66 GHz, Ubuntu 10.04 32 bit Desktop, ATI x600 pro 256 MB)

don't have any notebook right now. Hope to get it soon.

Antarctica32
March 14th, 2011, 01:46 AM
I've got a Bubba's Big PC with two deca-core i10s, 128 GB of RAM, a 50 PB hard drive, the latest version of every Linux distro and a pirated copy of Windows 12. Did I mention it has a 30 foot ethernet cable?
Graphics

Believe it or not I actually have several 45 foot ethernet cables, my dad gets them from his work. The funny thing is that when I use them I can actually tell they are running slower then a traditional 10 footer.

macpj
April 4th, 2011, 03:26 PM
I have :

Dell Mini 9 - running 10.10
Dell Inspiron 1545 - Dual boot Vista & 10.10
Dell Inspiron 1525 - Vista - used for media center on tv
System76 Nettop - running 10.10

Whew...I think thats it ...

Simian Man
April 4th, 2011, 03:42 PM
My desktop, laptop and netbook are all HP. I don't usually have brand loyalties, but HP's have been very durable for us, and their customer service is surprisingly good.

fuduntu
April 4th, 2011, 03:49 PM
Believe it or not I actually have several 45 foot ethernet cables, my dad gets them from his work. The funny thing is that when I use them I can actually tell they are running slower then a traditional 10 footer.

You wouldn't notice a performance difference until you exceed 300 feet. ;)

fuduntu
April 4th, 2011, 03:51 PM
Asus, Lenovo, HP, and a few home grown from purchased parts.

TheNessus
April 4th, 2011, 04:03 PM
Dell Inspiron n3010
a cute i3 13" 3gb ram 500gbHD, IntelHD graphics card, 2kg, Batt around 5hrs.
Dual-booting Ubuntu and Win7 + Third partition for experiments.

http://notebookspec.com/web/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/IMG_7926_resize.jpg

RiceMonster
April 4th, 2011, 04:05 PM
Desktop is custom built. Laptop is an ASUS.

kostageas
April 4th, 2011, 05:28 PM
Dell. I know they get a bad rap, but I love my laptop and it runs great. Also got the 2 year extended warranty from Best Buy/Geek Squad (another bad rap, I know) so I'm pretty much covered for another 22 months, but they way this thing runs I don't expect to need it.

Legendary_Bibo
April 4th, 2011, 07:19 PM
Mine:
1 old Dell - Lubuntu
1 old HP computer - WinXP
1 2 year old HP laptop (my main home computer) - Ubuntu 10.10
1 6 month old Acer laptop - Win7

My brother's:
1 3 year old Dell XPS laptop (it fried its own graphics card and motherboard lol) - Vista

My Dad's:
1 7 month old HP - Win7

Caboose885
April 4th, 2011, 07:37 PM
2 Homebuilt desktops.

1. Asus M4A88T-V EVO/USB3
--AMD Phenom II x4 3.0 Ghz
-- 8 GB of 1333 Mhz DDR3 RAM.
-- MSI Twin Frozer 250 GTS 1 Gb OC.
--3 Seagate Barracuda 7200 RPM 320 Gb Hard drives in RAID 0. 1 Hitachi 320 Gb 5400 2.5 hard drive (Ubuntu is installed on this drive)
--Peripherals are all Cyborg Gaming components.
Runs both Windows 7 Pro and Ubuntu 10.10

2. MSI P6N/SLI
--Pentium D Dual core 3.2 Ghz
-- 4 Gb of 800 Mhz DDR2 RAM.
--BFG 9400 512 Mb video card.

Right now its just sitting in the corner collecting dust until I find a new use for it...

Portable computer

Dell Duo (http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-duo/pd) which is a netbook/tablet hybrid.
--Windows 7 and Kubuntu netbook 10.10.
-- 320 Gb Hitachi 7200 RPM HD (i have no idea why Dell stuck a 7200 RPM drive in a netbook >.<)
--2 GB of 533 DDR3 RAM.
--Dual Core Atom processor at 1.5 Ghz
--Gets about 4-5 hours of battery life

If I could I would build my own laptop but since its almost impossible I always buy a laptop. Generally Dell or Asus.

I have other computers lying around the house but I don't have much of a purpose for them at the moment.

~Caboose

Sijmen
April 4th, 2011, 07:40 PM
A 17" Powerbook 1.67 GHz going strong for over six years and the Notebook*

zer010
April 4th, 2011, 08:20 PM
I voted HP/Compaq because that's who manufactured the mobo, but it's actually a hodge-podge of several computers I've gathered over time. Heck, I don't even know who made the case that it's all in.