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wutsinterweb
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Not a problem post, but a question about install

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A few days back I picked out a very nice refurbished HP laptop for my best friend. He is not computer literate, not even close, he's quite bright on my topics, but not so savvy with computers yet.

I had given him a very old laptop and when it finally died (I had put Mint on it so that I wouldn't have to constantly service the system for him (viruses etc.) Since he never used Windows it was an easy choice. That computer finally broke physically and we picked out a nice refurb (much nicer than I expected) and I told him I'd put Linux on it, but it might take some doing. I've put Mint on a few laptops and always, invariably, had to go into BIOS and mess with arcane settings vis a vis various implementations of Secure Boot and things related to it.

But I didn't have to do anything with this HP laptop to get Mint on it. I was like Wow, is this because of advances to Mint or because HP computers are friendlier to Linux installs? I'm thinking my next refurb will be an HP laptop (I can't afford new).
I'm just a student, your guidance is appreciated.
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Re: Not a problem post, but a question about install

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It could be one of many reasons. Was this laptop old? Secure/Fast boot features are rather modern I think.
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Re: Not a problem post, but a question about install

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is this because of advances to Mint or because HP computers are friendlier to Linux installs?
I've had good experience with HP's and LM, but the same size is very small. HP does a lot of crazy stuff to the Windows side, but if you blow all that away the bios and hardware is generally pretty good. I favor HP's, but I'm not sure the newest machines are favorable to LM. I would like to hear what others say.
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Re: Not a problem post, but a question about install

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Older thinkpads are linux friendly, a lot of fans on the forum.
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Re: Not a problem post, but a question about install

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I'll get the model number from my friend and post it in a while, he's not feeling good so it might take a few days.
I'm just a student, your guidance is appreciated.
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