(a la Stallman’s computing page)
I use two computers primarily: My desktop and my laptop.
My desktop consists of:
- GIGABYTE GA-990FXA Motherboard
- AMD FX-8350 CPU
- AMD MSI r9 390x
- Crucial 240GiB 2.5in SSD
- 2x Corsair 8 GiB ram sticks @ 1600 MHz
- Corsair 750M Power Supply
- Cooler master H212 EVO
I run Ubuntu 14.04 on this machine, mainly due to driver issues with AMD GPU hardware. (just google: fglrx/AMDGPU).
My suggestion to new users: Pick NVIDIA GTX 1070 for use with Ubuntu. Much easier to configure, and about the same (or perhaps even better) performance per dollar.
I run Ubuntu mainly, although I have used FreeBSD and Fedora on it. I dislike Fedora’s package manager, and the lack of application search. FreeBSD is good for some things, but I far prefer GNU/Linux.
MacOS is usable (as my school requires it, read more here: Why Schools Should Use Free Software, and Open Letter to the L&N STEM Academy), but I have to use scripts to install my development tools locally without requiring administrator access, and this is suboptimal.