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Small developer laptop with 32GB memory

After some more research, I hardly founds anything. The hard part with this search is the RAM - most that meet your specs are workstations or gaming laptops, both of which tend to be large. That said, ...
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Recommendation for low-power, cheap, USB-capable hardware to run Linux

The classic device for low-power Linux usage is the Raspberry Pi. Either the model 1 B+ or the model 2 B will meet your needs: 4 USB ports, can run headless just fine, is about the size of a deck of ...
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Energy efficient, low-heat closet-server?

With these fairly low requirements, any of the mid-range ARM boards would fit, so you might as well go for a Raspberry Pi by default. (Model 2, the earlier models aren't worth the slightly lower price....
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Graphics card that works well with Linux open source drivers

I did some testing with a Radeon 5770. In my judgment, it's massive overkill for your uses, but since you're worried about performance, overkill is good. You don't mention what you're doing with ...
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What netbook runs GNU/Linux?

There are a variety of notebooks that are capable of running Linux, and some even have it pre-installed by the manufacturer: Dell XPS 13- Developer edition A lightweight notebook, but its 13.3" ...
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Which processor has a better performance the fx series or the ryzen series?

TL;DR: Ryzen, unless you plan on never, ever touching this computer after building it. Let's take a quick look at the advantages/disadvantages: Ryzen | FX –––––––––––––––...
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How can I determine if a specific device works with Linux before buying it?

The problem with those kinds of USB devices is that it's very difficult to know what chip they are actually using. Some devices in the same series might even use different components if the ...
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Durable laptop and CLI-supported video chat for grandparents on Linux

I think you are making this overly complex. I purchased a Kindle Fire for my 80 year old aunt and showed her how to use three apps on it. Netflix, Skype and email. The out of pocket cost was just ...
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Small developer laptop with 32GB memory

Dell recently came out with the Latitude E7270 series which seems ideal. Small and lightweight, 14" or smaller, no more than 2224 grams 12,5" display, starts at 1260 grams. Linux support (I don'...
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Need laptop for programming/some gaming

I've recommended it before but I'll recommend it again (and no, I swear I'm not an Acer employee): the Acer Aspire E1-572. It's a little over your specs in some ways, but it's a good laptop, ...
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Low-cost NAS with easy OS installation

I recently bought a HP storage works x1400 from eBay for $50 including shipping. HP storage works x1400 is based on HP DL320 so if you search ebay you can look for DL320 G6 Specs quad core cpu ...
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What is an affordable cheap Linux box you could recommend?

Personally, I would just go with a raspberry pi, more specifically, the RPi 3 Model B Along with a USB wifi dongle such as this. Cost totals out to about $49 USD ($40 for the RPi and $9 for the wifi ...
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USB for Linux BootUSB drive

Sandisk Extreme is a good mix of budget and speed. smaller size is better performance on these devices Sandisk Extreme USB Benchmark Links Like This are fairly reliable sources for your consumer ...
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Premium keyboard

If you are willing to try a new keyboard layout Truly Ergonomic makes a mechanical keyboard that is structured oddly. It is suppose to be better for you than the standard keyboards (during long term ...
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Wireless card for a DIY Linux router/firewall

I personally have yet to find a better component for this job than the Gigabyte GC-WB867D-I PCI-Express x1 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi Adapter. Native linux support at least in debian/ubuntu AC/N/G ...
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Graphics card that works well for Linux gaming

See the following articles from Phoronix: 30-Way Graphics Card Comparison On Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS 15-Way AMD/NVIDIA Graphics Card Comparison For 4K Linux Gaming The Best, Most Efficient Graphics ...
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Budget laptop for working (programming)

For programming the most botlenecking happens, when the content of RAM gets dumped to pagefile. So the priority should be at least 8 GB of RAM (especially with VMs - if you ran two, 16GB would be ...
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Mini PC (like Gigabyte BRIX) with more than 2 graphic ports

Anything with DisplayPort 1.2 or better, eg Intel NUC NUC6i5SYH or NUC6i3SYK. DisplayPort daisy-chaining allows for up to 5 monitors connected to a single DP socket.
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Cheapest fanless Linux Intel laptop with a display 13 inches or larger

You could buy a fanless Chromebook and install linux yourself. It shouldn't be that difficult if you have much Linux experience, which you probably do if you only want it for the command line.
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Cheapest fanless Linux Intel laptop with a display 13 inches or larger

The HP Stream 13 might be a good option. I've run Fedora on the older, bay trail 11-inch model and it works out of the box. You may need to turn off secure boot for some distros. Otherwise? Dual core ...
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Single board computer with 2 GBit ethernet ports

There's apparently NUC style passively cooled machines meant for displays that would work. Discourse uses something very similar internally I've been toying with buying one of these and it probably ...
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USB (A or C) to TOSLINK Adapter for Linux

I've had good luck with MiniDSP products for this. For example: https://www.minidsp.com/products/usb-audio-interface/mchstreamer
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Notebook for developers

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display Positive: Available in Germany Works with OS X and Linux 1649€ with the specs you want 8 GB DDR3 RAM 256 GB SSD (really fast: over 1.5 GB/s read and ...
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What's a good RCA capture card for streaming media?

I've had good success with the following card on Mac: Diamond VC500 It has Linux support as well according to the link, but I have not tested it. Here are the specifications: USB 2.0 Supports NTSC ...
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Wireless battery-powered webcam

I would not use wireless because wireless will be too erratic performance for your need. Instead, use a couple of POE cameras, two long cat5 cables, two POE injectors and a switch or a POE switch, ...
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Recommendation for low-power, cheap, USB-capable hardware to run Linux

English is not my native language so please be patient. At work we use the Raspberry Pi 2 (model B), this device meet all your especifications. There are many boards that may be suitable for your ...
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Premium keyboard

From what other people have told me, the Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 is one of the best keyboards that they have bought. This is a full sized keyboard, so it has a number pad and will ...
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Wireless card for a DIY Linux router/firewall

I recently decided to build my own wireless router - and I found the Airetos AEX-QCA9880-NX performing very well on my DIY machine: 3 channels 802.11ac/n/g in a miniPCIe shape.
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What netbook runs GNU/Linux?

T100TA and X205TA are both of Bay Trail-T architecture, that is not properly supported by Linux yet. Actually they are not laptops, they are tablets. You'd better to look at Asus VivoBook X202E, HP ...
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ASIO sound card that works in Linux

The Asus Xonar D2X appears to fulfil your requirements. Here are two links regarding Linux support: http://www.linux-hardware-guide.com/2014-08-02-asus-xonar-d2x-sound-card-pcie-7-1-digital-inout-...
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