Is it possible to replace the installed OS on a mini PC with a linux distro?

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Something like this:


...of course it's possible, but can you do it just through a flash drive, or do they tend to have built-in prevention for tampering with the factory software, such as with practically all smartphones? It's probably better to get a raspberry pi than to screw with something like this...however, i think compact computers generally are pretty cool.
 


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Just search for the make/model and add "+linux".

But, yeah, you can with that one - from what it looks like online. It doesn't have like a locked bootloader or anything. So, it's really just a conventional PC in a small form factor.

(This is not true with all tiny computers, but is true with this one. Things like an SSD and i5 are good indicators.)
 

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what is a small form factor/mini computer? basically they are a laptop/netbook in a box without a screen, most components [in the ones I have had apart] are common to laptops to run cooler and use less power.
 

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Should be no big problem install linux on that machine. only thing I see in it's spec that maybe a problem is wifi may need some work. But other than that go for it. A test run with a live usb would answer that question. Which Distro are you thinking about?
 

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just to add, dell are about the most Linux friendly makes in the market place, the optiplex range are designed as commercial [office] desktops and are built to be reliable , like all office machines they may not be the fastest or flashest but make a good solid everyday home desktop, you may find them a little slow for heavy picture/vidio rendering and are not suitable for most gaming,
you will need to turn off windows fast boot [in the bios] but as a 4yr old [aprox] machine it should run any distribution you fancy, most components are well supported by the Linux kernel but as @kc1di said the wireless may take some work depending on which make/model is fitted.
 
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Should be no big problem install linux on that machine. only thing I see in it's spec that maybe a problem is wifi may need some work. But other than that go for it. A test run with a live usb would answer that question. Which Distro are you thinking about?

i was just thinking about this last week when i was contemplating either a micro-ATX or mini-ITX build during all the black friday cyber monday stuff. They make carrying cases for stuff in the micro-ATX range. I don't have any intention currently of buying a mini-pc, but I'm always super careful about buying anything like this. Computers tend to work and my last build (which i am using right now) was fine, but sometimes they're not, which is always really frustrating.
 

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I have been using refurbs for quite a few years. Never had a problem with them. Always able to install Linux on them with no difficulty.
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Here's a snapshot of my current main machine.

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