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Share your PC configuration, so others can do it too

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libervisco's picture
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This topic will have a double purpose:

- Posterity and fun
- An idea proposition.

So first, just for fun, please do share the configuration of your machine, especially if it is a desktop PC. In addition you could say how well does it work with GNU/Linux, not just the core components but peripherals and less often used components. Also, how well does it work with only Free Software?

Second is the idea. We could create a Libervis Network sub project which would call people to submit their PC configurations (list of components used in their PC) which work perfectly well with only Free Software and then pick out certain potential "product lines" as best representations or best combinations of hardware which works good with Free Software.

The result would be a very useful resource for home PC builders, existing or potential PC vendor businesses and even people looking to buy a new computer for their Free OS like GNU/Linux, FreeBSD etc.

It would not be a full hardware database. It would not list all compatible hardware that there is. It would simply strive to list the better combinations of hardware which work perfectly with Free Software, with the help of the community input.

The success of such a project would build on the tendency of techies to brag about their hardware configuration (especially if they built it themselves) and the further incentive to contribute a good thing, to further the Free Software cause (because by making it easy to known which combinations of hardware work well with Free Software, it will be easier to avoid hardware of vendors who don't support Free Software). Smiling

What do you think?

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I don't get it.

I don't see why a database of combinations of hardware is any better than a database of hardware. If all the individual pieces work, the whole thing will work.

libervisco's picture
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Yes, but you still have to

Yes, but you still have to put together the whole thing and you have to know to pick the right components for that. Some combinations work, but not optimally while others may be better than optimal. People who aren't into computers usually don't know how to put them together, but there are also people who would like to build their own computers, but don't know where to start or are just insecure. Such a site can help them by offering them a list of various configurations already guaranteed to work together so that they don't have to do the work of researching which components works best with what.

Also, the site can go as far to specify whole "products" and even "product lines" with everything detailed from the motherboard to the color of the case and a keyboard to go with it. Anyone from the community can virtually design computers as they imagine them, and based on the real existing hardware available in store. Then companies and individuals who build boxes can come and make them according to these specifications.

So in short, there's much more to the idea than making a list of compatible hardware, combined or not.

Edit: What it basically does is transfer the R&D of companies like Dell into the hands of the community, so the community does the research of best configurations and their design and hands the result out in the open for everyones benefit. Smiling

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The problem I see here is

The problem I see here is that not all of us have brand-new hardware.
My AMD Athlon XP 3000+ is still a good thing to work with, but today nobody would buy it anymore.
Also my DDR400-RAM is pretty much outdated, some with my ATI Radeon 9600 Pro, which works pretty fine, but is also far from being new.

But still I think it might be nice to do that, and I'll try to find some time to convert the my lspci-output into something usable, alongside other stuff I know about my hardware (which should be pretty complete since I built it myself).

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I wouldn't say nobody would

I wouldn't say nobody would buy such PCs anymore. Those looking for cheaper deals and not caring too much about bleeding edge as well as those who need a cheaper PC for a specific purpose (not a general desktop workstation but maybe a thin client, a router or something like that) could use combinations which feature older hardware. We could call this "low end".

There may still be enough people with higher end hardware to submit enough information for us to be able to come up with at least a few configuration specifications (like blueprints for new PCs), and that would be a nice start IMO.

Anyway, maybe I over-valued the idea a bit at first. If you guys honestly think this wouldn't really fly then I can back out..

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