It's easy to lose settings from one computer to another, so it's important to take notes and document the way you like things configured.
Computers need hardware to run on. These are the systems that power the devices and applications we've come to rely on.
If you're just getting familiar with this space, the [Raspberry Pi - /pi/) ecosystem is a great place to start. Heavy overlap with this space.
Set up a computer with a fresh operating system.
If you don't already have a preferred operating system, consider one that is open source. Open source software is a wonderful thing, but don't just take my word for it.
Linux is the most common on desktop machines in the open source world. There are many flavors:
In the mobile phone space, Android is a good open source solution.