The Desktop

Lenovo Thinkstation P620
  • 12 Core/24 Thread AMD Threadripper Pro
  • Memory: 64 GB
  • Storage: 512 GB NVME and 1 TB NVME
  • Storage: Planning on 2 2TB SATA Drives
  • OS: Fedora 34 (On 1TB NVME) and Windows 10 (on 512 GB NVME)
Skull Canyon NUC
  • Memory: 32 GB
  • Storage: 2 512 TB Western Digital Black NVMe SSD
  • External Storage: ThunderBolt G-Technology 2 Bay enclosure with 2 1TB HDD
  • OS: Fedora 34
  • Notes: I’m using this as a staging host to test VMs before I deploy them on oVirt

The Laptops

Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 6
  • Memory: 16 GB
  • Storage: 512 GB
  • Dock: Thinkpad Thunderbolt Dock
  • OS: Fedora 34
  • Notes: Best Laptop I’ve ever owned (except for maybe the 17” Macbook Pro)
MacBook Pro 16”
  • Memory: 16GB
  • Storage: 512
  • Dock: Thinkpad Thunderbolt Dock
  • Notes: Mostly for working with customers where I can’t use Linux due to compability.

The Tablets

I have a bit of an obsession with tablet and tablet style devices. My ideal device is the Microsoft Surface Book that can run linux 100% out of the box with no hacks and out of tree kernel patches. Here is a list of my current tablet devices that I either use or tinker with on a regular basis.

Apple iPad Pro 11 (2018)
  • Storage: 256 GB
  • Notes: I travel a lot. This is great for the plane when I need to get some email out or watch a movie. Using this for offline content from services like Netflix is awesome. There are great clients for interacting with my virtual desktop infrastructure at home.
Lenovo Thinkpad Helix 2
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Storage: 256 GB
  • Dock: Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet Dock
  • OS: Fedora 33
  • Notes: I just use this as a glorified phone. It is mainly used is for WebEx, Bluejeans and Zoom meetings. I have a fantastic Sennhesier DECT headset connected to it via USB and a Logitech Webcam. It is an awesome tablet as well for Linux since everything works out of the box.
HP Pro Tablet 608
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 64 GB (Internal) and 128 GB SD Card
  • Dock: HP Mobile Dock
  • OS Fedora 34
  • Notes: I’ve been on a quest to find a great tablet that works well with Linux more or less out of the box. I bought this device because it was less than 100 dollars and I thought it would be worth a try. Fedora with Gnome runs very well and it is my go to consuption device when I’m at home for reading e-mail or just browsing the web. The cameras do not work but everything else is flawless.
Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 10 Gen 2
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 128 GB
  • Dock: Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet Dock
  • OS: Fedora 33
  • Notes: The touch screen will just stop working on Linux (I’ve tried many distros to see if it was a Fedora issue it is an upstream problem with Wacom support). I’ve reverted to just using Windows which as actually been useful to have a baremetal Windows machine. Update: I tried Fedora 32 again. Everything works now except for the Cameras
Dell XPS 12 9250 (Planning on replacing this with a Thinkpad X1 Tablet)
  • Memory: 8 GB
  • Storage: 256 GB
  • Dock: Dell Thunderbolt Dock (T16)
  • OS: Dual boot Fedora 33 and Windows 10
  • Notes: This is actually a really good tablet for both Windows and Linux. It has the Surface style kickstand and I also have another keyboard dock that doesn’t have a kickstand but makes the screen have a more static position.
PineTab (Sold)
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • OS: Mobian

The Phones

iPhone 11 Pro
  • Storage: 256 GB
Sony Xperia XA2
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • Storage: 128 GB microSD
  • OS: SailFish OS
PinePhone
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • Storage: 128 GB microSD
  • OS: Fedora Mobile (on 32 GB emmc) - 128 GB MicroSD for extra storage
Librem 5 (Sent Back)

The Servers and Storage

3 SuperMicro servers (oVirt 4.4 Hyperconverged Cluster)
  • CPU - Xeon D-1518
  • Memory - 32 GB ECC
  • Storage - 64 GB mSATA (OS Drive)
  • Storage - 1 TB Western Digital Black NVMe
  • OS: CentOS 8 based hypervisors managed by oVirt
  • SDS: GlusterFS
On Order - 3 ASrock AM4 motherboards and Ryzen 9 5000 Series CPUs
QNAP ts-973ax
  • Storage: Five 6 TB Seagate IronWolf Pro NAS Drives - Two 1 TB Seagate IronWolf NAS SATA SSD Two 1 TB Western Digital U.2 SSD
Raspberry Pi 4
  • Storage - 32 GB MicroSD Card
  • OS: HassOS
  • Notes: Home Assistant was running as VM and I had a PI 3 servering a ZWave device over the network to a VM. I decied to move to home assisant to a PI 4 and use HassOS to make it more “applaince like”.
Pine64 RockPro64
  • Storage - 16 GB EMMC card
  • OS: Fedora 34
  • Notes: I had a gluster system running on RockPro64. I’ve since decommissioned it. I’m testing several different solutions to utilize the RockPro64 Hardware. The first solution I’ve rolled out on my unused RockPro systems is a VPN Server. It runs OpenVPN, Wireguard, and OpenConnect as the VPN Solutions. Why so many? I’ve ran into issues where I can’t connect to OpenVPN or Wireguard VPNs depending on the network, OpenConnect is very common (it is an open source implementation of Cisco AnyConnect) and seems to work in many corperate environments when I need to connect back to my home network.

Network Equipment

  • Unifi Gateway
  • Unifi 24 port POE Switch
  • Unifi 16 port 10GB (Acts as a Storage Switch)
  • 2 Unifi UAP nanoHD
  • 1 Unifi in-wall access point

Software running on oVirt in Virtual machines

  • SeaFile (Syncing my personal files to all my devices - by far the most reliable file syncing solution out there)
  • OnlyOffice Document Server (Edit Documents in SeaFile and has great Microsoft Office Compatibility)
  • Wireguard VPN (So I can get into my network while I travel)
  • OpenVPN (When for whatever reason I can’t use Wireguard)
  • CentOS Virtual Desktop (When I need a Linux Desktop when I happen to use my iPad or Windows Tablet)
  • Windows Virtual Desktop (For full featured Microsoft Office)
  • Plex (Media management)
  • AWX (Configuration Management)
  • Foreman (Patch Management and System Provisioning)