Builds

Computer Builds

I tend to name all my computers after fruits. For my GNU/Linux builds, I have my dot files hosted here for those who are curious what my setups look like.

Peachy-PC

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Peachy-PC is the first tower I built. I carefully picked out the parts on a budget and assembled it myself. My now rare GTX 260 came from an older pre-built tower I had. This has been retired for the time being, replaced by an EVGA GTX 950. Future upgrades include: RX 480, DDR4 RAM, and a bigger SSD. It runs Windows 7, and mainly serves as my multimedia computer. Despite its colors, it has the name “Peachy” because I received a plush peach as a gift near the build time.

Melon

Melon is an Acer Chromebook, one of the first of its kind. I got this as a Christmas present back in 2013 when the Chromebooks first came out. It has gone through many iterations, including crouton, Arch GNU/Linux (by enabling legacy boot) running GNOME, to LXDE, and then back to crouton. Despite its cheap price and low specs, it runs Arch very well, especially on the ultra-lightweight Light X11 DE. Melon gets its name from its mangled outside to unpredictable innards with its constantly changing OS.

Tomato

Tomato is an IBM Thinkpad T60. It used to run Arch GNU/Linux with LXDE. Nowadays, I have the XFCE build of Manjaro GNU/Linux on it. I used this laptop as my primary school work laptop freshman year as well as a GNU/Linux experimental laptop. It ran extremely slow on bootup and did not jive well with IntelliJ or Chrome, but it worked. I owe most of what I now know about the GNU/Linux operating system to Tomato. The name is a reference to Cowboy Bebop.

Guava

Guava is a tower built from spare parts. It is a renewed form of one of my box computers I threw together. The motherboard, ram, and CPU come from my club, the power supply was bought off my friend, the case was purchased new, and the GPU was from Peachy-PC. Its main purpose is to serve as a home computer for my apartment. The overall setup has a very nice pearly finish to it –  a white body POK3R keyboard, a Magic Trackpad , and a completely white case on a white desk. The inside glows green, hence the name Guava.

JamCherri

JamCherri is a Thinkpad T420. Reasonably priced but still packs a punch. It came with Windows 8, and soon upgraded to 10. I immediately removed the Windows partition and installed Arch GNU/Linux. The desktop environment of choice is XFCE4, and is my current work laptop. It has 5 hours of battery life, and runs lightening quick. JamCherri gets its strange name from my high school drum line director’s nickname.

Strawberry (いちご) Pepper

Strawberry Pepper is a Thinkpad X230. The small form factor and long battery life give it the very nice portability I desired in a laptop. I used it as my primary laptop for the 3rd year, helping me through more difficult classes. This round, I tried out AntergOS, a branch of Arch GNU/Linux that is more prebuilt and ready to deploy. I’ve also experimented with different window managers and utilities, from i3 to dmenu to change up my Linux experience. It also dawns a PiE logo on front, rep-ing the club I dedicated a lot of time to during the year. After a year of using AntergOS, I decided it was time I tried a new OS, so I went ahead and tried OpenSUSE, CentOS, Zorin, and VentiOS, until I came right back to AntergOS. From this experience, I learned that nothing beats Arch GNU/Linux, and I was wrong to even leave it in the first place. I decided to start from a clean install, giving my laptop a new name, Pepper named after my cat and favorite health snack, bell peppers.