I’m writing this as a mental and planning experiment so I can, with your help, have a logic behind most of my future purchase decisions when it comes to my work equipment.
I’ve been familiar with the existence of Linux and FOSS since the late 90’s, mostly because of the efforts of SUSE and Red Hat to serve my country’s corporate market and recruit computer science and engineering students into the FOSS folt. I’ve been familiar with the Linux desktop experience since 2011, when I sat down on an unused computer in my then-girlfriend’s office… It was Ubuntu. However, I have just been daily driving Linux for almost two months on my 2007 iMac. Needless to say, I fell into this lovely rabbit hole right away.
Context aside, I want to buy a new computer, a mobile workstation to be more specific. So here are some of the basic needs I’ll have to cover.
- I’m a content creator first, then a casual gamer.
- This year (2021) I switched my video editing workflow from Adobe Premiere to DaVinci Resolve… And I’m not going anywhere else.
- A good colour-accurate display is a MUST (16:10 ratio is desirable)
- Since it will be my only computer, I’m going to need a good expansion capability, like Thunderbolt connectivity.
- I also need it to be easily serviceable, repariable and upgradable.
- Decent battery life
- Ubuntu-ready with as little troubles as possible.
With that in mind, after some research I’m narrowing my options to these three laptops.
- Dell XPS 17 9710
- Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Extreme Gen4
- Lenovo Legion 7i
I’m quite open to any other suggestion, as long as it meets the aforementioned criteria.
The plan is to buy a separate M.2 SSD to install Ubuntu from scratch, leaving the out-of-the-box SSD aside in case I resell the computer.
So, I need to run DaVinci Resolve under Ubuntu (there are quite good instructions on Pop!_Os’s site that are applicable to Ubuntu) with as good codec support as possible. I need to be able to use a Thunderbolt dock to connect external peripherals, a USB mic, and an external monitor. And, last but not least, I need to be able to run some games (especially Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath).
What would work better for me?
How shall I proceed in order to have a seamless workflow using Ubuntu as my main (and only) OS?
Shall I go for the LTS Ubuntu or shall I go the cutting-edge route?