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pk_fox
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 10:22 am    Post subject: Laptop recommendations Reply with quote

Title says it really, my faithful old Dell Inspiron 9200 is on its last legs so I need a replacement. The only caveat is it must play well with Fedora
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Advised my dad to buy a Lenovo (he didn't want to spend more than 400 in 2008).
It's been very good.

Of course this is no help at all, no model number and not very recent. But if I was buying, I'd look at their latest range and google those to see whats what.

There is a linuxlaptop website too, can't remember exactly.
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I don't have one of their computers but try here Linuxemporium for Linux pre-installed or buy one from Lenovo and install Linux yourself Wink
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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently (well January, to be accurate) bought a cheapish Toshiba Satellite C660-2EL, which works fine with Xubuntu 12.04. There have been some dodgy periods where the wifi hasn't worked very well, but it's settled down now and seems fine.
In general, going for anything with Intel hardware gives pretty good support (indeed, I would probably have had less trouble with wifi if it had an Intel wireless card on board).
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pk_fox
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2012 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks people - keep em comin Smile
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PostPosted: Sun May 06, 2012 8:29 pm    Post subject: Lenovo & Dell Reply with quote

My main laptop is a Lenovo X220 and I have been running Ubuntu (11.04, 11.10 and 12.04) on it for the past 10 months or so. I have also played around with CrunchBang and Arch; both also seem fine on this particular hardware.

I would definitely consider another Lenovo when the time comes for a personal hardware refresh.

Ubuntu has a certified hardware page, with some of the most recent Lenovo and Dell laptops identified, if you're interested:

http://www.ubuntu.com/certification/desktop/

^Hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Mon May 07, 2012 11:13 am    Post subject: Re: Lenovo & Dell Reply with quote

mediamgl wrote:
My main laptop is a Lenovo X220 and I have been running Ubuntu (11.04, 11.10 and 12.04) on it for the past 10 months or so. I have also played around with CrunchBang and Arch; both also seem fine on this particular hardware.

I would definitely consider another Lenovo when the time comes for a personal hardware refresh.

Ubuntu has a certified hardware page, with some of the most recent Lenovo and Dell laptops identified, if you're interested:

http://www.ubuntu.com/certification/desktop/

^Hope this helps.


I'm hearing Lenovo a lot - thanks for your time I will check the link
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 6:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're looking for a laptop with no Wintax(TM), then I can heartily recommend Novatech http://www.novatech.co.uk. I've had three laptops from there, for myself and family, and have had almost no problems with them (I've had a slight issue with one touchpad not being a synaptics one, but sentelic, and the driver had a few bugs) - I also run Fedora exclusively.

Best of all, they're based in the UK and have a few stores dotted around the UK as well as the usual internet shop.

If I were to say anything bad about them, the laptop housings on some of their own-branded machines feels a little cheap and flimsy, but I fortunately haven't dropped one yet to find out if this is actually the case.

(You can also play on the website and see how much they add on to the prices for Windoze - for example, one PC at 290 with no OS is as much as 690 with Win7 ultimate + office2010!)
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2012 9:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

einonm wrote:
If you're looking for a laptop with no Wintax(TM), then I can heartily recommend Novatech http://www.novatech.co.uk. I've had three laptops from there, for myself and family, and have had almost no problems with them (I've had a slight issue with one touchpad not being a synaptics one, but sentelic, and the driver had a few bugs) - I also run Fedora exclusively.

Best of all, they're based in the UK and have a few stores dotted around the UK as well as the usual internet shop.

If I were to say anything bad about them, the laptop housings on some of their own-branded machines feels a little cheap and flimsy, but I fortunately haven't dropped one yet to find out if this is actually the case.

(You can also play on the website and see how much they add on to the prices for Windoze - for example, one PC at 290 with no OS is as much as 690 with Win7 ultimate + office2010!)


Blimey big premium, will check it out , thanks
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a Dell 1300 Inspiron for several years, that ran Ubuntu perfectly.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This looks a pretty good way to go as well, and you can play around with specs online and see the cost change. They also supply with no OS if you don't want one.
http://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 04, 2012 11:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

pk_fox wrote:
Blimey big premium, will check it out , thanks

Office 2010 is the culprit there. The more full-featured versions are extortionate unless you have a need for their features (most people will get by OK with Word/Excel/Powerpoint)... Smile

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I've had two Acer laptops, neither of which have played very well with linux. Dell has had a better track record for me (Studio 17) where (and I pause before saying this) "it just works" with both a RedHat based distro (Scientific Linux) and a Debian distro (Ubuntu) all hardware works, wifi behaves itself, Bluetooth, etc...
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like IBM/Levano for Linux as they have a 3 button "mouse" and that extra button really helps.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2012 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tweetiepooh wrote:
I like IBM/Levano for Linux as they have a 3 button "mouse" and that extra button really helps.


You get the same effect pressing both buttons together.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 30, 2012 2:00 pm    Post subject: Linux Laptops Reply with quote

Just found an American company with Ubuntu pre-installed called System 76

https://www.system76.com/laptops/model/lemu4

Here ia a review on OMG Ubuntu:

http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2012/06/hands-on-with-the-system76-lemur-ultra-ubuntu-laptop
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