Linus Torvalds, himself, uses an Apple Silicon MacBook to do kernel builds (I think he also uses an AMD Ryzen Threadripper desktop as well).
Me - I’m happy with just UNIX that MacOS ships with on Apple Silicon.
I’m running Red Hat 8 on a “NUC” style PC - a Gigabyte BRIX has dual core celeron and 16 GB DDR3 RAM, M2 SATA SSD (had software issues with the sound chipset on it - never got it working and gave up).
I’ve seen Minisforums ads on Facebook recently - I’d love a pair of Ryzen powered mini “NUC” PCs like those from Minisforums with lotsa RAM to run VMware ESX on - but still too pricey - one of the ads I saw yesterday was for Ryzen 5 “starting at $189” but that’s USD - and I’d want to order a pair of identical ones at the same time… And I’ve seen online recommendations not to go for these for VMware “farms” - but instead second hand mini-PCs from Lenovo of Dell…
I watched some videos on YouTube about the best mini-pcs 2023, thus mentioned many times Beelink. Other few mentions go to Geekom. To be honest none result about Lenovo and nothing about Asus, but Asus offers Minipcs in its official page.