I’m lucky enough to own a Lemote mipsel laptop.
It’s a expensive and slow piece of hardware, but the reason why I bought it is
because I value privacy, I value knowing what software I run, and where it’s from, and that
it’s the exact software I installed.
Also the hardware is a bit exotic (if you can call it that).
Everything from the Bios to the OS can be compiled from source code.
I mostly stay in the terminal on it, so I have it all customized for that.
I can do all the daily stuff on it, code c++, read mail, surf the net – everything you’d expect.
It does not work well for any graphical type of jobs, since the graphics acceleration is poor on it.