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    Re: New computer - new xubuntu - Advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by anichols View Post
    I might keep windows as an ISO file (and virtualbox to it should I ever need it)...as for RAM, the laptop can go up to 32GB...but I'm not paying for that out of the starting gate. The laptop's pricey enough as it is, after all. But if you think I can go without a swap partition without issue (either in using the OS or from the installer screaming at me the way older versions did when I tried to go swap-free)...
    Scream at you? No, but it'll ask if you're sure. Another approach you could take with Windows would be to do an initial install, remove what you want then create an image. I've done this and the image restored nicely. I've never tried to image a restore partition, delete the restore partition then try to reinstall so don't know if that would work or not.
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    Re: New computer - new xubuntu - Advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by kurt18947 View Post
    Good luck with your new machine, Toshiba has a pretty good rep.
    Thank you for the good luck, but I had anything but. The machine's Secure Boot was enabled by default (expected), BIOS/UEFI was inaccessible (not expected and required a call to Toshiba), Toshiba ended up passing me to an 'advanced technician' who immediately tried to get me to sign up for an 'upgraded service plan' worth $159....which I refused. The rep told me he was unable to help me unless I agreed to be shaken down for the additional cash (in spite of an extended 3 year service plan I paid over $200 for), so now I'm in the process of returning the laptop, it's accompanying backpack...demanding a full refund (nearly $1500).

    I am now firmly against Toshiba as a company, and strongly recommend any Ubuntu user avoid this company as if it had the plague. I will never purchase another product from this company, even secondhand with Ubuntu preinstalled. Thanks, but no thanks...now I'm in the market for yet another new laptop, using one that's highly unstable and prone to breaking down at the drop of a hat.

    Any suggestions on a better company to spend my money with? Requirements: Quad-core processor, NVIDIA graphics, full-size lighted keyboard with 10-key, dual hard drives, DVD R/W or better....basically a computer comparable to what I had but actually usable? I'm -not- using Windows 8 for the same reason I'm on XUbuntu instead of Ubuntu (dislike of Unity and Gnome 3)...plus the added reasons I'm not on Windows (unstable, prone to viruses, prone to malware, prone to rootkits, insecure out of the box)...

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    Re: New computer - new xubuntu - Advice?

    For laptops with Ubuntu pre-installed you could take a look at System 76.

    https://www.system76.com/
    Cheesemill

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    Re: New computer - new xubuntu - Advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheesemill View Post
    For laptops with Ubuntu pre-installed you could take a look at System 76.

    https://www.system76.com/
    I actually was giving them a look yesterday, but I was half-asleep so I didn't go through it in depth. Going back for a second look at some point tonight or tommorrow morning.

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