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Laptop suggestions?

Postby smhardesty on Thu May 01, 2014 9:32 am

I've searched both this forum and a general 'Net search for answers to this question, but haven't found a specific answer that helps me. I'm going to purchase 2 new laptops for my wife and me. I'm currently running Mint 13 on our two desktops and we both love it and have just no problems at all. I'm looking for any suggestions on which NEW laptops are fully compatible with Mint 13. I found some general suggestions, but they all seem to be 2 or more years old. I need current (April 2014) info.

Any help?
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Re: Laptop suggestions?

Postby hugoleal85 on Thu May 01, 2014 9:39 am

This is the best one (imho):
https://www.system76.com/laptops/model/galu1

It brings Ubuntu out of the box, but you can install Linux Mint too.
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Re: Laptop suggestions?

Postby austin.texas on Thu May 01, 2014 10:32 am

You can get a lot of info on linux compatibility here -
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=c ... =Computers
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Re: Laptop suggestions?

Postby smhardesty on Thu May 01, 2014 8:08 pm

Thanks for the replies. I had already found System76's website and they have a couple that are definitely under consideration. I'll have to spend some serious time on the phoronix site. There is a lot of info there. Great tips and links, guys. Thanks.

One of the things I'm reading as I do my searching is that the new 'locked BIOS' PCs/laptops are already causing some headaches. I'd really like to run to the local big box and buy a couple inexpensive laptops, but there is too great a risk that I'd end up with two machines that won't run Linux.

Anybody know anything about "The Linux Laptop - a kire Company"? I found them while searching and they have a couple laptops I'm interested in. Especially the 'Stealth' for my wife. (Links below) I did some research on the company and all I found was an 'F' rating by the BBB, but that could be because 'The Linux Laptop' didn't respond to the BBB's questions, or even because they haven't been in business the minimum number of years that the BBB requires. The hardware looks nice and even nicer when you look at their prices. Any thoughts???

http://thelinuxlaptop.com/products_new.php

http://thelinuxlaptop.com/stealth-linux-laptop.php

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Re: Laptop suggestions?

Postby wgn on Sat May 03, 2014 11:13 am

The website for The Linux Laptop has an "Ubuntu certified" imaage at the bottom of the page, but they don't appear to be listed on the Ubuntu certftied hardware page http://www.ubuntu.com/certification/
Could be nothing, but another questionable issue. Of course they don't show system76 on there either, and I don't recall anything but praise for them on the Mint or Ubuntu forums.

If you really want to get something at one of the big box stores, run down and see what they have and come back and post the specs here. People will tell you what they know. Good, bad and indifferent.

Personally I hate the box stores. Giant piles of unhelpfulness and ... what's the opposite of knowledge? I'd probably order something that Ubuntu has already certified.
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Re: Laptop suggestions?

Postby joyful on Sat May 03, 2014 1:05 pm

wgn wrote:... on the Ubuntu certftied hardware page http://www.ubuntu.com/certification/


Thank you, WGN, for posting that specific link. Thank you, to the OP, for a question almost exactly like mine.

That link to Ubuntu's certified products is EXACTLY what I need right now. I've been going a little batty trying to figure out which of the least expensive NEW laptops would work with Ubuntu or Mint. Thank you a million. My budget will likely be under $400 - and if I could find one for far less that would be better.

Have been running Linux Mint Maya (13) XFCE on an old Thinkpad R51. It is strong enough to do most of what I need, even in my graphic design work, but it could use a little more oomph. It falls seriously short, however, in the way youtube videos and some intensive websites serious tax its processors and make it get really hot (even with additional cooling fans.) Have been trying to figure out how much I'd need to save up for a new laptop so that my R51 can be my backup system - and leave some cash for a separate monitor. Am interested in dual booting with Windows to take advantage of some software I can't get for Linux. Although I love my old decades of using Apple, Macs are now ridiculously above my head on price. If I could dual boot Linux to Windows, I'd be getting everything I need: 80% Linux and maybe 20% windows apps.

By the way, when I searched for Linux laptops on Amazon, they came up with a few offerings, if that is of any help to anyone. I'll be searching the certified info on Ubuntu for details.

Thanks again for this excellent discussion.
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Re: Laptop suggestions?

Postby joyful on Sat May 03, 2014 2:22 pm

Oops. The Ubuntu certified list include DISCONTINUED models. Is there a way to only find ACTIVE models certified by Ubuntu?
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Re: Laptop suggestions?

Postby smhardesty on Sun May 04, 2014 9:05 am

Thanks for the link to the Ubuntu Certified Hardware. I'll do some browsing there. I appreciate the offer of getting advice on specific hardware compatibility on the laptop I think I may want to buy. Kudos to you both!
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