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Decent Linux Laptop

Postby Odipides on Fri Feb 22, 2013 4:39 am

I need a new laptop but I always go through snot and trauma getting everything to work on a hardware platform I haven't tried with Linux. I'm in South Africa and local retail suppliers don't usually let you install an arbitrary OS before you buy :evil: .

The specs I'm looking for are:
    17" Full HD (1920 * 1080)
    Intel i7 (or whatever's good at the moment)
    Decent (ish) graphics card
    upgradeable to 16GB RAM (I use a lot of virtual machines as my dev environments)
    at least 1TB drive
    Full keyboard (i.e. the numberic pad and full sized shift keys)

Currently I use a Dell XPS lx 702 (works perfectly but it's getting a bit long in the tooth) but finding a device with much the same specs that DEFINITELY runs Mint is proving difficult. I've bought a couple of HP's in the past but they're usually equipped with ATI cards and the driver support (last time a tried it) was lousy. So, graphic card wise, I'd prefer nVidia as the driver seems pretty stable.

Any thoughts?
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Re: Decent Linux Laptop

Postby Orbmiser on Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:17 am

Looks like fits the Bill and already tested and installed Ubuntu
https://www.system76.com/laptops/model/bonx6
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Re: Decent Linux Laptop

Postby Odipides on Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:05 am

Thanks, looks perfect.

It's availability in SA is, however, more of a mystery :) I just get met by blank looks so far. I'll see if I can order direct.

Thanks again for the info
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