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    Good Source for Refurbished Laptops, Hopefully No OS or Ubuntu

    My Dell Mini 9 is dying. It lost the SSD yesterday and had been flaky, running hot and such.

    I'd like to replace it with a Ubuntu only laptop. I know there are refurb places out there but they all come with Windows. I call it the Microsoft tariff. I've learned to manage without Windows and would like to stay that way. I'm typing this from my Shuttle Ubuntu desktop with a RAID 1.

    I just wondered if there were any favorite places to buy refurbs and favorite models. I'd like something bigger than the Mini 9 but still light and quiet. It doesn't need a huge hard drive since it will have access to the server at home and it doesn't need a screaming processor since I'm a basic user.

    A while back I'd checked some refurb sites and some had Ubuntu but they seemed expensive. If it comes OS free or Windows I'm just going to clobber it and redo the disk.

    If you've had any laptop that had problems with Ubuntu I'd appreciate it so I can avoid them. I have found that some models can have driver issues.

    Steve

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    Re: Good Source for Refurbished Laptops, Hopefully No OS or Ubuntu


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    Re: Good Source for Refurbished Laptops, Hopefully No OS or Ubuntu

    Try Lenovo they have a very cheap Refurbished section.

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    Re: Good Source for Refurbished Laptops, Hopefully No OS or Ubuntu

    Moved to Hardware & Laptops.

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    Re: Good Source for Refurbished Laptops, Hopefully No OS or Ubuntu

    There is a local shop I've purchased from before; lots of government equipment off of lease.

    They clean 'em up and resell. Selection varies week to week. If you ask they'll inform you when something you're looking for comes in. I was looking for an thinkpad X series awhile back.

    https://www.tte.ca/

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    Re: Good Source for Refurbished Laptops, Hopefully No OS or Ubuntu


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    Re: Good Source for Refurbished Laptops, Hopefully No OS or Ubuntu

    A lot - most? - of the refurb notebooks on ebay come without hard drives. A 'business grade' notebook may have a lot of life left in it but is at the end of the lease or too low spec for the latest Redmond WonderOS. It'll run *buntu just fine though.

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    Re: Good Source for Refurbished Laptops, Hopefully No OS or Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by SedaliaSteve View Post
    My Dell Mini 9 is dying. It lost the SSD yesterday and had been flaky, running hot and such.

    <snip>

    If you've had any laptop that had problems with Ubuntu I'd appreciate it so I can avoid them. I have found that some models can have driver issues.

    Steve
    This is should help you with your search...

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

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