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    How to build computer for Ubuntu?

    Have need to build a new desktop computer to be an Ubuntu operated machine. Thought it wise to seek advise regarding either components that are more or less desirable as well as the possibility of those to avoid.

    Particular concern pertains to how long it takes Ubuntu in particular (Linux in general) to incorporate support for new products/features. In that, what is the risk of acquiring new, most up to date, products and finding that they don't work so good with Ubuntu/Linux. For example, Intel now marketing something called Optane Memory which I suspect is not supported by Ubuntu/Linux.

    Instinctive preference is for Intel processors & chipsets but could easily be persuaded to do something else for good reason.

    A known use for this computer would be digital image processing using software like GIMP, Rawtherapee, Darktable, etc. This particularly involves the need for display calibration. In choosing graphics components what needs to be considered? Integrated graphics seem like the most straightforward approach but would like to know if there is a good case to be made for doing something else.

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    Re: How to build computer for Ubuntu?

    Build what ever you wish, Intel or AMD, use which ever graphics you prefer.

    Optane Memory: here is an interesting article on phoronix.com using Optane Memory on Linux.... https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...ane-16gb&num=1
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    Laptop: Dell Inspiron I5 7567 | Manjaro 20.2

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    Re: How to build computer for Ubuntu?

    In order, the most likely components to cause grief because they are "the latest and greatest" are the motherboard, WiFi and video. It's easy to find a motherboard which has been available for perhaps nine months, along with WiFi and video of similar ages.

    When I built my current computer, my Ethernet port was not supported, but I never knew it, because I was using WiFi.

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    Re: How to build computer for Ubuntu?

    Thanks, on motherboards I was zeroing in on a couple with Intel chipsets that support the integrated graphics. They were pretty similar except for one of them included an HDMI port. While video is not my primary objective, all other things being the same, the idea might be "why not". Might HDMI connection be the kind of thing you mean by "video"? That could be the answer to why not.

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    Re: How to build computer for Ubuntu?

    I used Intel processor and Intel integrated graphics. The selected components were not the very latest (or very fastest), but everything worked. The motherboard was Asus. I think most if not all boards would have HDMI connector nowadays? The board did not have any wifi built in, but on a desktop in a fixed location ethernet is preferable. If ethernet connection not handy, think about powerline network. I use powerline network for one machine with no ethernet access and it is very reliable. Otherwise, I would have to use a USB wifi adapter.

    Have fun building!

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    Re: How to build computer for Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis N View Post
    ... I use powerline network for one machine with no ethernet access and it is very reliable. ...
    What powerline adapter are you using, if I may ask?

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    Re: How to build computer for Ubuntu?

    Quote Originally Posted by Doulos1 View Post
    What powerline adapter are you using, if I may ask?
    It's D-Link, but one that is not sold anymore. It's the older AV standard since I bought it years ago. Still, it provides a reliable connection at fairly consistent speed. It's been in present location about a year, and hasn't lost connection during that time.

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