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Re: How to put together a home computer with GNU/Linux

From: Kin Cho
Subject: Re: How to put together a home computer with GNU/Linux
Date: 12 Nov 2003 10:22:12 -0800
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Jock Cooper <> writes:

> Don Saklad <> writes:
> > a. How would you put together a home computer with GNU/Linux ?...
> > 
> > 
> > b. What manufacturers components would you look to in assembling a
> >    computer with GNU/Linux ?...
> > 
> > 
> > I've heard that the best is knoppix.
> If you want to put it together yourself you need a :
> 1 case
> 1a power supply (if not included with case)
> 1b case fan (I think 80mm is the usual size)
> 2 motherboard (ATX is the usual type; refers to the form factor)

If you're looking to buy a new motherboard, first check the
motherboard manufacturer's website for the availability of
chipset drivers -- look for pci bridge, ide, sound, ethernet,
etc...  Often RH is the only vendor supported unless they also
provide source code (rare).

Older motherboards chipsets are often supported by the newer


> 3 CPU 
> 3a CPU fan (sometimes included)
> 4 memory 
> (you can often buy 4-6 bundled)
> 5 hard drive, floppy drive, cdrom
> 5a cables for these are usually included
> 6 video card
> 7 sound card (often on motherboard nowadays)
> 8 network card ( "        "           "   )
> 9 keyboard/mouse/monitor
> is a good way to find cheap prices;  also it's
> a good way to find websites that sell computers and parts in general.
> If you don't want to build it from scratch, most of the parts
> sellers will preassemble and test one for you.. usually a good
> deal and much less trouble.
> When the computer is ready, boot a Linux CD and go from there.
> You can either buy a Linux CD or download an ISO image and burn
> the disk yourself..  I have used Red Hat 7 and debian, of those
> I prefer debian Linux.  (Knoppix is a bootable linux CD that lets
> you get into Linux without actually doing a HD install.  Which
> may or may not be all that useful.)
> If you want to dual boot the machine (so it can boot both Linux
> and Windows) you may want something like Partition Manager to 
> handle setting up the disk partitions to support this.
> Sites you may find helpful:

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