Switching to a linux laptop for research (Xpost r/linux):
Originally posted this on r/linux but my post was removed for being offtopic and more appropriate for this sub. Got some great feedback (Thanks if you’ve already seen this!) but can’t get back to people since the thread is locked.
I have just started a PhD in machine learning and the university is kind enough to supply a laptop as my primary workstation. I’ve been a happy mac user for ~5 years but am considering the switch to a linux based OS to get some more mileage out of the budget. And because I want to be able to tinker a bit. However coming from mac the options for machine and OS are a bit bewildering. Can the good people of this subreddit give me some recommendations? And possibly things to watch out for when making the switch. Thanks in advance 🙂
Budget caps at 3000 euro but would prefer to keep it at ~2600
Things to check:
Decent amount of power – A lot of my experiments are going to be run locally so I need a good CPU with at least 16GB of ram. Would like a decent GPU as well but that is not a primary concern as we are not focusing on running deep NN’s
High Res screen – I want to work for a long time without getting a headache. Preferably 15" size
Battery Life and Portability – Usually I’m plugged into a charger but the option of working on the go is necessary. If I’m dead in the water after 3 hours on battery I’ll be an unhappy camper
Storage – 256GB of fast SSD’s at least. Anything else is just gravy
Projectors – I’ll probably use it for conferences, teaching etc as well. Don’t want to wrestle with issues connecting to an external projector and look like a doof in front of my peers.
For OS distributions it’s anything goes, as long as I can get up and running decently quickly. I’ve messed around a bit with Ubuntu on Azure VM’s but that’s as deep as I’ve been so far. Pretty much want to get work done and not have to wrestle the tools (too) much.
Thanks for letting me pick your brains!
TL:DR. Looking for research laptop to transition from mac os. Limited idea of Linux ecosystem. What would you recommend? Budget ~2800euro
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