Desktop/work station with pre-installed Linux OS

Hello everyone
It’s been a while since i last posted in this forum but i have finally got the funds in place to purchase a decent desktop/work station that comes with Ubuntu 22.04.2 LTS pre-installed. So i’d appreciated any recommendations from forum members in this regard.

What are the chances of a tutorial about installing a linux OS onto
an SSD drive. I honestly don’t have a clue.

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Why install when it’s pre-installed already?

Half your luck mate - last time I was shopping for a new laptop - NONE of the mainstream Linux laptop suppliers (pointing finger accusedly at Dell and Lenovo) sell these in Australia (and System76 and others are prohibitively expensive)… Anyway - nearly bought a Lenovo laptop new - to wipe Win10 and install Linux - but Lenovo were taking too long to fulfill my order so I cancelled and bought a MacBook Pro M1 - i.e. a RISC CPU laptop running UNIX. I still don’t understand why you would want to run Linux on a device that already has a NATIVELY optimised UNIX install (MacOS is UNIX - it’s 100% POSIX compliant)… I still remember ogling niche computer magazines advertising RISC CPU laptops (Tadpole running sparc CPU and Solaris) - finally Apple delivered…

Note: writing this post on an ebay Lenovo E495 (AMD CPU / APU / GPU) running Ubuntu 23.04 (but will probably go back to Pop!_OS)…

Installing nearly all O/S on SSD is no different to HDD - both present themselves as storage and for all intents and purposes, are essentially the same, from an abstract perspective…

This Thinkpad E495 came with 8 GB RAM and Win10 on a 256 GB SSD. I never even booted Win10… bought a 1 TB NVMe SSD and cannibalized 16 GB of LPDDR4 (SoDIMM) from another laptop and installed Ubuntu 20 (I think?)…


Nothing special, really. Just install it onto the SSD as you would do with a HDD.
The only tweak I did that I made sure in /etc/fstab the mount points pointing to an SSD have “noatime” option.
Something like
UUID=############# / ext4 defaults,noatime 0 1


Today I learned…

I did a search on what noatime is and found this: Improve Linux system performance with noatime |

For others that might be interested. I’ll have to check on my daily driver at home and see if I can implement that and notice any change.

Thanks for the tip.


I made it to reduce write operations to the SSD, not really because of performance benefits. Performance is quite good on SSD anyway.

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By golly I just checked my laptop, running Pop!_OS, and it’s already there for the / mount. The others don’t have it, but you wouldn’t gain anything for a swap parition. There is a boot and recovery mount that wouldn’t have that option.

I would think with an SSD you might want to use a swap file rather than a swap partition. That might level the writes more over the whole disk. But the built-in levelers probably do that already.

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