Desktops

The first thing to do to have a device with free and open-source software is to make sure that you have a free and open-source operating system. Below is a list of desktops that come pre-installed with different versions of the Linux operating system and instructions on how to install most beginner Linux distros on any computer. It is better to install Linux on a computer in many cases because this will allow more flexibility in choosing the proper hardware and distro for your needs. The desktops listed below are for those who want the best privacy and security features that you cannot find on any other modern computer or for those who want to make sure that everything works immediately out of the box. If you feel comfortable installing a Linux distro on your own, use the link below to view a list of recommended desktops to buy.

However, if you do not feel comfortable installing your own operating system or want the extra security and privacy features offered by companies like purism, check the list below.


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Best budget computer: Mintbox mini 2

A good silent budget mini-computer that will handle most computer tasks. This mini PC Has limited storage.

Best midrange: laptop with linux mini-pc

Two powerful workstations capable of handling any computer task.
The P340 is a small form factor model that is about the size of a router. It comes with your choice of Intel’s 10th generation CPUs and up to 64GB of RAM. It also comes with a dedicated NVIDIA Quadro graphics card. The only limiting factor on this computer is that you cant get a graphics card more powerful than the Quadro P1000.

The P620 is a powerful machine with lots of customization. It comes with your choice of ADM’s 3000 series threadripper CPUs, which are arguably the most powerful desktop processors currently available. You can also choose some of AMD’s great mid-range professional graphics cards or any of NVIDIA’s most powerful Quadro cards. It also comes with up to 512GB of ECC RAM. With the proper customization, this computer can do anything you need it to do.

A good, highly customizable, and energy-efficient mini computer. It comes with a minimum three-year warranty and will be able to handle most computer tasks. We recommend the following minimum specs in the customization menu: cpu=i3 10110u, Ram=16GB SSD= 500GB m.2 SATA.
This computer is from a Netherlands-based company, so anyone from North America should expect to pay a huge shipping fee. Make sure the power plug is chosen for your region.

Best security and privacy: Librem mini

A powerful mini-computer made by a company devoted to creating “freedom-respecting, privacy-protecting, and security-focused products.” It comes with a modern i7 CPU and can have up to 64GB of RAM. The Librem mini comes with coreboot pre-installed and with Intel ME disabled, which are two important privacy and security features that are very hard to get, especially on modern desktops. In addition, you have the option to purchase additional privacy and security features such as a librem key and anti-interdiction services to prevent unwanted tampering or viewing of your system. The only downside to the Librem mini is the lack of dedicated graphics, hindering users from playing spec intensive video games or professional video editing.

 

Best workstations: Thinkstations p340 and p620

Two powerful workstations capable of handling any computer task.
The P340 is a small form factor model that is about the size of a router. It comes with your choice of Intel’s 10th generation CPUs and up to 64GB of RAM. It also comes with a dedicated NVIDIA Quadro graphics card. The only limiting factor on this computer is that you cant get a graphics card more powerful than the Quadro P1000.

The P620 is a powerful machine with lots of customization. It comes with your choice of ADM’s 3000 series threadripper CPUs, which are arguably the most powerful desktop processors currently available. You can also choose some of AMD’s great mid-range professional graphics cards or any of NVIDIA’s most powerful Quadro cards. It also comes with up to 512GB of ECC RAM. With the proper customization, this computer can do anything you need it to do.