I currently use Mac OS X on a Retina Macbook Pro. Apple is known to be quite a green company, in terms of its hardware and the power required to manufacture, sell, and market it.
But I think I can do much better.
What would be some much more sustainable computing solutions out there, and/or what practices and principles could I employ towards this goal?
Assume these are my minimum hardware requirements:
- CPU, RAM and graphics chips (whether soldered on to hardware or not)
- ability for a screen, to use UI graphics (whether connected or in-built)
- ability for either in-built audio speaker and/or headphone jack for sound
- ability for Ethernet networking for Internet connection
- ability for USB keyboard and mouse for navigating the software UI
And in general, minimum software requrements:
- (ongoing) standards-compatible Internet research (via via the World Wide Web)
- (ongoing) standards-compatible Internet communication (via services such as Email and Facebook)
I am thinking that using an open-source board like Raspberry Pi, combined with a Linux distribution like Ubuntu, is about as good as you can go (without having to literally engineer your own hardware, or code your own software, from scratch).
But perhaps a modern all-in-one (power-efficient device), such as a self-contained, green-as-possible laptop (or even a powerful smartphone with peripherals keyboard and mouse attached), is better, all things considered?
As for usage of the computer (which no doubt affects how much the hardware/software is strained and thus its sustainability performance comparison with other hardware/software), I can only give a very non-scientific figure that the usage would be 'average web use' (at most), which you could gather from statistics / existing studies on computing impact if necessary.