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Starting new job as entry level sys admin real soon. They want to provide me with a laptop, and they want me to use what I'm comfortable with so linux. They asked me to find a workstation for myself that they will provide. Never been in the field so I'm clueless. Would appreciate suggestions and direction. I'm not much for hardware so I'm a bit clueless, gonna use my personal laptop until then. Plan on running Debian.
 
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Having, been isp techguy, any major brand will do, probably minimum of Intel i7, ram at least 8gb, 1tb of disk, and suggest dual monitors 20" or so.
Distro shuldbe what the corp wantd, they may a 'taylored' version, else what ever you prefer.

Make sure it is not the latest system and video board, else you might go thru hell getting Xorg or wayland, fuctional, Use standard keyboard and mouse combos,
Fancy stuff usually has no support.

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Ok I'll probably just go for a dell or something that I can toss an SSD into. I've been nothing but happy with my personal one. Also they want me to have a laptop so I can take it to the datacenter as needed. Maybe it's time I switched to a tiling wm.

As far as OS they haven't specified anything. They have the philosophy that the admin should use what is most comfortable for them. I'm guessing I have free choice really, although I suppose I'm not entirely sure. They are a mac shop mostly but I've been told too find something for linux use as that is my preference. Hell, they even want me to pick out a chair that they will buy me.
Edited by Tadaen Sylvermane - 6/7/16 at 2:58pm
 
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Sounds like a "nice" company
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Why the minium of a i7? Not sure how powerful you need it but SSD, Intel graphics or Nvidia if you need more. Not sure what you would really need, can't imagine you really need much.
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Because if its a typical isp you've got 8 to 12 windows open, monitoring network traffic and monitors, multiple help desk sessions as they get passed around. Where i worked i5 run out of poo. I built some amd boxes with 6 cores, as they would and did a hell of a better job.

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There is around 7ish options for you imo.

XPS, Thinkpad, HP Probook, Sager, Razor Stealth, Dell Inspiron and Ideapad.

I would say, definitely look thru anything 1920x1080 rex minimum on something based on Nvidia or intel graphics. AMD and Linux have a ... complicated relationship when it comes to graphics.
Debian has pretty comprehensive hardware support list that you can search and see which parts of the laptop will function and how well. So shop around and you won't go wrong with one of these ^^
Definitely SSD just because I fail to see how laptops can be without one just due to shock stress and battery life extension.

Good luck on your new job!
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Hi -

The only comment I would add is screen size. Any thing smaller 13" is just a pain in the ass to see. I have found
That 15 - 17 inches are decent, just depending on weight/siz trade offs.

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ping Stevef9432203 and response to Tadaen -

First off, congratulations Tadaen. i hope your new job is a huge opportunity for you. As for hardware recommendations I can't help but wonder at a few caveats mentioned by Stevef9432203.

What hardware you need depends entirely on two things - what specific jobs you must handle and what you're comfortable with. I totally disagree with the idea that, as Steve said, "Fancy stuff usually has no support". Maybe it's just the non-specific term "fancy" but Linux supports more hardware than any other OpSys, from SuperComputers, down to the lowliest embedded. Some printers and wifi still have issues but that's just about it.

I highly recommend nVidia graphics because the support for even the fanciest is superb and let's face it, as humans, we are hugely about sight. Also, since as is rightly pointed out by Steve, you may need to have many windows open and IMHO, for a real workstation, 17 inches doesn't even come close to comfortable screen real estate. I would want at lest 2 x 24 inch monitors which again reveals the importance of handing off as much as possible to GPU from CPU. My experience which includes mid-level nVidia graphics (760 GTX) on an i5 (4 cores) shows I can have even KDE running with Firefox open AND SeaMonkey, each with over 25 tabs open, AND Dolphin AND World of Warcraft running and active and never get above 60% CPU, commonly 40-45% and with less than 2.5GB of RAM in use. The trick is to turn off services you don't need.

As for wifi, if you even use it (I wouldn't) just be careful of some Broadcom chips. Printers? Not generally a big issue as enterprise network printers generally work fine qand if they just happen to have a problem child, there's always VMs and wrappers. Plus you will likely have no control over what printer you can connect to so you just have to work that out regardless.

There's certainly no harm in going for an i7 as who doesn't like more power? but need? nah. 8GB of RAM is a good idea but you could get by on half that if the budget is too low. IMHO get the best graphics card your budget allows after including a serious amount of monitor space. They go hand-in-hand and are the bulk of your comfort and productivity.

Best wishes, Mate.
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