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FOSS Fighter - Freedom-Inspired College Desktop

by jflory7



Date Published

Sept. 15, 2015

Date Built

Nov. 30, 2014

CPU Clock Rate


CPU Temperature While Idle

25.0° C

CPU Temperature Under Load

45.0° C

GPU Core Clock Rate


GPU Effective Memory Clock Rate



Since building the machine, I have always used Linux on the desktop, specifically the Fedora distribution. I mostly use my desktop for normal schoolwork activities, such as reading and editing documents, browsing the web, and other things.

In addition to being used for academia, I also do a little bit of programming, quality assurance, and gaming on the side. In my free time, I enjoy testing packages for future updates in the Fedora testing repositories and running Linux kernel regression tests to provide feedback for kernel developers. As for gaming, I primarily play Minecraft, as I run my own server network. The tower runs infinitely better than what I was coming from (a 2007 iMac desktop).

The name is inspired by the fact that I try to use Free and Open Source Software when I can on my desktop, as well as the large assortment of stickers that have accumulated on the side panels since I built it. So much for the resale value!

For the most part, the entire construction process was simple and straightforward. I ran into only one issue when building, and that was needing a specific cable to connect my video card to my motherboard. Normally this would not be an issue for anyone buying a video card from a store or online – my video card was given as a gift by a cousin "as is" (the price in my build reflects this).

Another minor issue I encountered was with my CPU cooler. When building, I foolishly didn't read the entire instructions for the fan, and I found that the mount that fits over the CPU wouldn't fit on my board. I put aside the cooler for months, thinking it was unusable to me. Months later, I found the instruction manual and found that the AMD processor did not need the part I thought needed to fit on the chip. I opened it back up, was able to mount the cooler, and got it running immediately. Obvious user error, but I did get it installed, just not at the time of building.


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