jml, you are not being nosy! after a couple years of pondering and talking to all of the various sellers I chose and feel extremely positive about this shoprcubed http://www.shoprcubed.com/#
and also http://www.shoprcubed.com/proddetail.as ... 460&cat=27
I talked to Joe Ryner for quite a while on the phone and he knows his stuff - he tweaks the kernel as needed etc. the guys at system 76 can't do such things. He was an honest dude, helpful, candid, and a no bullshitter, and wasn't just trying to sell me something. their support is the best out of all the sellers despite what others may say! They are there for the long haul and they have online hookup to your computer if needed so they can help out if things go seriously awry and they need to commnd line stuff beyond your means.
linux certified..... wasn't impressed and didn't care if wifi worked or not you buy it and you deal with it. not very friendly.....emperor I did not like the dell laptops that they sell and the price and I ruled them out immediately. system 76 - not my cup of tea for many reasons and a very bad and imcopmetent experience a while ago....so I went with shoprcubed.
be careful though there is another company rcubed in TX that does not do linux and is not related - the link to the site is correct and they do do linux and a few distros.
my problem and I have pondered all night and once again stressed ot. I want mint - badly...I love it - Better than ubuntu....but since they DO SUPPORT ubuntu to the depth they do and almost all buttons and sound and resolutiona dn wireless etc. work out of the box compared to other...I may have to stay with ubuntu. simply because i do not know enough of linux. I am green as green as Mint. Heh Heh! and I hate to burden Clem for help to get this tweaked.... But my heart is into Mint. so I am in a serious quandary....I also like the more applications that are available in Mint too - makes it more user-friendly for my needs.
my only complaint is that I hate firefox with these distros and love epiphany and cannot remove it for it is tied to evrything else and links open in firefox and not epiphany. and I hate the games - wasted space and I'd lve to remove them but once again when I tried in ubuntu, they are connected to other things and you cannot remove...I hate the games I never played a computer game ever - I use computers for work...
I hope this helps.....
and Clem, next week when I get....are you up to seriously helping me to get bianca on this new pristine laptop over Ubuntu?
by the way - these are asus -based laptops and from what i have seen they are very nice indeed!