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    Question UK Supplier of Desktop PCs pre-installed with Ubuntu

    My desktop has recently given up the ghost, and I'm looking to buy a new one. I'd like to buy a computer with Ubuntu preinstalled if possible (as I don't use Windows at all).

    Dell UK have stopped supplying Ubuntu systems (I asked their customer supporter), and Efficient PC (http://www.efficientpc.co.uk/), a UK supplier, doesn't seem to exist anymore.

    Can anyone recommend a UK Company to buy a UbuntuPC from?

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    Re: UK Supplier of Desktop PCs pre-installed with Ubuntu

    What about buying a "clean" PC with no OS on it and installing from a CD? If I can do it anyone can . Looking at same for my parents at the moment and suspect it will be about £200 for what they need it to do.

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    Re: UK Supplier of Desktop PCs pre-installed with Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by malcmail View Post
    What about buying a "clean" PC with no OS on it and installing from a CD? If I can do it anyone can . Looking at same for my parents at the moment and suspect it will be about £200 for what they need it to do.
    Yes, that's what I'll probably do if no-one has any recommendations.

    I'd like to buy a computer preinstalled because it usually indicates that the manufacturer has chosen hardware for which there are decent Linux drivers, as well as simply supporting companies who supply Linux PCs.

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    Re: UK Supplier of Desktop PCs pre-installed with Ubuntu

    Ah gotcha. The only one I knew of was Dell so when I actually opened this thread I was done lol. Mine came from eclipse computers (well mostly) and no probs so far if that at all helps.

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    Re: UK Supplier of Desktop PCs pre-installed with Ubuntu

    I have seen numerous UK sellers with Ubuntu preinstalled, but they are all somewhat expensive when compared with a Dell machine or similar. Have you considered building one?

    Compatible desktop hardware is not that hard to figure out: CPUs, RAM and HDs are not an issue, 99% motherboards will be supported, then go with an nvidia GPU if you'd like one. Wireless cards are tricky but eBay has a few Linux compatible options.

    If that is too much work then PM me and I can send you a quote myself, I built and sold roughly 20 Ubuntu desktops this year through eBay, all of whom were happy with what they got.

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    Re: UK Supplier of Desktop PCs pre-installed with Ubuntu

    I attempted some time ago to purchase a laptop from Novatech without an OS as I wished to download Ubuntu. I found to my horror that the system would not accept the OS.

    Novatach have some good systems and prices and I would advise that if you look at these that you ensure that the OS will be able to be loaded. Suggest that you e-mail them as when I initially spoke to them they were vague.

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    Re: UK Supplier of Desktop PCs pre-installed with Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Scunnered View Post
    I attempted some time ago to purchase a laptop from Novatech without an OS as I wished to download Ubuntu. I found to my horror that the system would not accept the OS.
    I've been using Novatech laptops (without an OS/Windows Tax) for more than 4 years, and never encounted this problem. Granted, I've had some issues with "wireless cards not working out of the box". But have always managed to find solutions/work arounds from either this forum or the net.

    Novatech Support isn't that great regarding Linux problems, but they do have a small active Linux Group on their Forum page that is quite helpful.
    Last edited by Greyhair; December 11th, 2010 at 11:11 PM.

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    Re: UK Supplier of Desktop PCs pre-installed with Ubuntu

    Greyhair... which Novatech laptops are you referring to? I have been looking at Novatech laptops with the intention of posting on this site for advice. The one I have been looking at is the Novatech Eclipse.. buying without an os and installing ubuntu on it...anyone have any experience.
    Thanks Andy.

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    Re: UK Supplier of Desktop PCs pre-installed with Ubuntu

    Probably not quite what your looking for, but I fancy one of these;

    http://www.ebuyer.com/product/236579...edium=products

    Linpus Linux is supposed to be pants but it all works with Ubuntu out of the box (according to the reviews).
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    Re: UK Supplier of Desktop PCs pre-installed with Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by andypearce View Post
    Greyhair... which Novatech laptops are you referring to? I have been looking at Novatech laptops with the intention of posting on this site for advice. The one I have been looking at is the Novatech Eclipse.. buying without an os and installing ubuntu on it...anyone have any experience.
    Thanks Andy.
    Currently I am using an old SANTA ROSA and a lightweight X40. My eldest son has X16 Pro and my daughter has a X10 netbook. All running various flavours of Ubuntu. I'm also looking to replace the SANTA ROSA with the ECLIPSE in the next month or two.

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