[CentOS] modestly priced laptop for C7

Thu Nov 2 17:54:44 UTC 2017
Valeri Galtsev <galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu>

On Thu, November 2, 2017 12:41 pm, Fred Smith wrote:
> I'm looking to replace my (old, creaky) netbook (Acer Aspire One D255e,
> a screaming dual core 1.6 GHz Atom, and a whole 2 gigs of RAM) with
> something faster but not too large. Sometimes (usually) the netbook is
> painfully slow.
> Something like a  hi-res 14 (or 15) inch screen (full HD), minimum of 4
> gigs
> RAM, HD of a half terabyte or bigger.

Not intending to contradict (if that ends up as pain, it will be your pain
anyway ;-) but I would go higher with specs if you intend to use Linux on
it. Linux tends to grow its demands for resources pretty much
exponentially (same as Windows does, only from lower starting point). It
is so during last decade and a half. Consistently. If you decide to run
FreeBSD on the laptop, then these specs will be OK (in my estimate) for
some 5-7 years, as FreeBSD's demands to hardware grow much slower, not
quite linear but close to it than to exponent or even power law.

> I'd like to not have to go over 600-700 dollars, so I know my choices
> are somewhat limited if I want to avoid the 400-500 dollar windows 10
> junk^H^H^H^Hsystems from BJs, etc.
> Something with a quad-core processor, and all hardware works with C7.
> I've glanced at Lenovo Thinkpads on amazon where there are several
> "factory refurbished" ones with similar specs to what I mention above
> in the $500-700 range, but I don't know if they're any good or not

"Factory refurbished" is always big red flag for me (Lenovo is another big
red flag - I mentioned elsewhere why). This basically means that this
particular model is poorly designed (and/or manufactured), so it comes
with defects or fails withing short period of time so customers are so
outraged that they return it, or Lenovo prefers to get them "luckier" new
sample of the same, and buff-up and sale the bad one as refurbished, with
lower expectations of whoever buys it.

Anyway, your reasoning will be of more value for you, as it will be your
money that will be affected.

Good luck!


> I'm open to suggestions from any/all of you!
> thanks in advance!
> Fred
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Valeri Galtsev
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Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
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