computer storeThis is the next post in my series on why law firms should use a Linux based operating system to meet their computing needs. My last article dove into why using Linux can help improve a law firm’s cyber security. It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing stories in the news about large scale “hacks” against attorneys and I’m willing to be those victimized firms will have been using Windows or Mac OS. Of course, if you don’t care about security then feel free to keep overpaying for Windows or Apple’s software. In this post I’m going to dive into where you can get Linux based PC’s for your office. Neither this site, nor myself, are in any way associated with the vendors I’ll be discussing and we are in no way being compensated for this article.

If you are buying new PC’s for your practice then it’s best to purchase ones which come with Linux pre-installed. If you buy a computer which already includes Windows, solely for the purpose of installing a Linux distribution, then you are unnecessarily paying for a copy of Windows as part of that PC. Furthermore, there are a few other benefits from purchasing Linux specific machines which I’ll discuss in a minute. Here are a few options for those wishing to make the switch.

System 76 is a manufacturer and distributor of Linux based laptops and desktop computers. You have a choice of having your machine coming preloaded with Ubuntu (the Linux distribution I’m writing this article on) or the company’s own POP OS. The company promises “100% lifetime support” on their website.

Purism is one of the more interesting companies manufacturing and distributing Linux based computers. The company offers two different models of laptops and is currently working on an open source phone as well (which I’ll certainly be buying). What makes Purism different from most other computing vendors, of any kind, is that their systems are designed completely from the ground up with security and privacy in mind. These systems are designed all the way down to the chip level to be as secure as possible (something you’re not going to find from virtually any major computing manufacturer). The company’s Linux distribution, known as “Pure OS,” is likewise completely designed around the idea of security and privacy.

Dell also offers machines which come pre-loaded with Ubuntu. With that being said, these tend to be devices geared towards software developers so you’ll be buying a laptop with some pretty high end specs. For the typical law firm, in my humble opinion, this wouldn’t make much sense.

There are other options for buying a machine with Linux pre-loaded but the three listed above would be my top recommendations. Another benefit of a buying a machine with Linux pre-loaded is that you’re more likely getting a processing/system configuration which is going to be highly friendly to the software.

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