CPU Compatibility

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CPU Compatibility

Postby Macmeister on Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:29 pm

Just installed Mint on an old Dell (so long Vista!), and got to thinking about how Linux Mint (or any flavor of Linux) works with newer hardware. If I were to acquire a new desktop computer would I need to avoid any particular brand or processor chip? I've heard that the new Windows 8 have some sort of "secure boot" thing going on that makes it all but impossible to replace the OS, and that got me thinking.
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Re: CPU Compatibility

Postby bigj231 on Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:46 pm

As long as you get an x86 or x86_64 processor, you will be fine. Almost all of the computers sold today come with one of those. AMD or Intel doesn't matter as much as GPU selection.
Also, if you don't want to deal with Windows 8, you can always build your own computer. I'd say if you're smart enough to install Linux with the manual partitioner, and you can replace or install any computer internals, then you shouldn't have a problem building your own system.
Used systems are another option. Another member of this forum got a server-class system for under $500.
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Re: CPU Compatibility

Postby Macmeister on Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:35 pm

bigj231 wrote:...Also, if you don't want to deal with Windows 8, you can always build your own computer. I'd say if you're smart enough to install Linux with the manual partitioner, and you can replace or install any computer internals, then you shouldn't have a problem building your own system.


I haven't built a system before, but I might just give it a shot. Thanks for the info!
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