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    New laptop, which one to buy to enjoy a great kubuntu experience?

    My current laptop is nearing the end of it's lifetime and may very well be past it. I wonder which notebook is a good, solid choice of high enough quality to last a couple of years and will work fine with linux / kubuntu.

    I was eyeing the Zenbook, but came across a couple of reviews complaining about the bad keyboard.

    Looking for something reasonably portable (e.g. 13")

    Also I try to stay away from Apple (read Air).

    Every answer is appreciated, even if you feel really strongly about Mac give it a go, I might give in, who knows ..

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    Re: New laptop, which one to buy to enjoy a great kubuntu experience?

    For me there's Thinkpad and everything else. I really like have 2 pointing devices and the nice keyboard. I have the older series T61 and it's perfect with *buntu. You might take a look at the hardware forum. One of the stickies is 'laptop compatibility list', another is 'laptop incompatibility list'. I had an Asus EeePC netbook which was plug 'n' play.

    -I'd stay away from the glossy/shiny screen; they seem to reflect overhead or wall mounted lights too much and really show smudges or finger prints.

    -I'd avoid 'hybrid' graphics, some are able to get them to work but they seem like a work in progress at this point.

    -I'd make sure I could disable 'secure boot' if it's present.

    -Personally I'd prefer to avoid the complications of UEFI BIOS if possible but it can be made to work with a little research.

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    Re: New laptop, which one to buy to enjoy a great kubuntu experience?

    great, thanks for your reply, I'll look into thinkpads

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    Re: New laptop, which one to buy to enjoy a great kubuntu experience?

    Quote Originally Posted by gletscher View Post
    great, thanks for your reply, I'll look into thinkpads
    And not long after I posted that I read that new Thinkpads do not necessarily live up to their predecessors' reputation. I like the UltraNav pointing setup on the Thinkpads but I believe a similar configuration is available on some Dells and HPs. Toshiba has a pretty good reputation for durability and linux friendliness.
    Last edited by kurt18947; December 27th, 2012 at 02:32 PM.

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