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This 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 the software compatibility of Linux for law firms

In 2019, it was even found that 100% of the world’s supercomputers ran on Linux, along with 90% of all Cloud infrastructure. The reason why? Linux is one of the most efficient and safe operating systems on the market.

It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing stories in the news about large-scale “hacks” against attorneys, and the OS those firms will probably be using?

Let me give you a hint: It’s not going to be Linux.

Of course, if you don’t care about security or saving money, then feel free to keep overpaying for Apple’s, or worse, Windows software. 

In this post, I’m going to dive into where you can get Linux-based PCs for your office. 

Keep in mind, neither this site nor myself are associated with the vendors I’ll be discussing, and we’re in no way being compensated for this article.

Now let’s get to it.

Buying Linux PCs for Your Practice

If you’re buying new PCs for your practice, then it’s best to purchase ones that come with Linux pre-installed. 

Why?

If you buy a computer that already includes Windows, solely for the purpose of installing a Linux distribution, you’re paying for Windows just to throw it out right away. 

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:

Linux-Based PC Sellers

Below, I’ll be covering some of my favorite distributors when it comes to Linux machines.

System 76

System 76 is a manufacturer and distributor of Linux based laptops and desktop computers. 

You have a choice of having your machine coming pre-loaded 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

Purism is one of the more interesting companies that manufacture and distribute Linux-based computers. 

The company offers two different models of laptops and even offers an open-source phone as well

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

Dell also offers machines that 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 plenty of other options for buying machines with Linux pre-loaded, but the three listed above would be my top recommendations. 

Another benefit of buying a machine with Linux pre-loaded is that you’re more likely getting a processing/system configuration that’s very friendly towards the software. And finding compatible software is becoming increasingly easy for it too.

Are you considering making the switch in your law office? Please chime in through the comment form below.

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