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    Re: Laptop Recommendations

    Take the Certified Hardware list as a good thing if a laptop you are considering is listed there. Don't take it as necessarily a bad thing if it isn't. It's unclear to me how often the list is updated, if it still is.

    If you are going to dual boot with Windows, then you need to avoid machines that have garnered publicity for being difficult to manage in that scenario. The "Absolute Beginners" section here is one place to look for bad dual booting experiences.

    Most laptops have hybrid video, that is, an onboard Intel video chip works in tandem with a separate chip from Nvidia or AMD that handles high performance needs. A machine that lets you choose between the Intel only, the Nvidia/AMD only, or the hybrid Intel plus Nvidia/AMD scenario is more convenient in Linux.

    Don't buy a laptop you know contains components that don't work in Linux. If you buy directly from the vendor -- e.g., at Lenovo online or Dell's site -- you can select from the range of available component options on offer.

    Usually, hardware that's a bit behind the bleeding edge plays better with Linux than the newest toys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bc.haynes View Post
    Need to take Lenovo off the list. Tried to buy a nice Ubuntu computer, and they said they did not have any.
    Quote Originally Posted by pqwoerituytrueiwoq View Post
    as far as i know ubuntu tends to run good on most leveno laptops, they just don't support it
    pqwoerituytrueiwoq is correct. this means they do not have many if any with ubuntu preinstalled. however here and in many other coutnries they sell plaptops with no OS preloaded (or it has FreeDOS) and one can simply install linux on many of those. when i searched for mine i eventually decided for HP that had windows 7 starter preloaded (htough it hsould have had Home as ram can go up to 8 GB and starter only supports max 2GB). however i would have bought lenovo (sold with no os) but it's battery was much weaker and i couldn't find a better one not even 3rd party one. and battery was more important than frame and USB 3.0. most peple complained about that battery. so now the small HP has dualboot

    Quote Originally Posted by masdeal View Post
    Thanks for recommendation....
    Btw, I have a laptop (ASUS) with dual core processor. Can I using Ubuntu?
    depends on other specs. GPU, wi.fi, backlight, touchpad and sometimes SSD are the ones with compatibility issues.
    luckilly there is an easy way to establish if you can run it or not,
    download latest 64bit (AMD64 image), burn it to DVD or USB (using netbootin) and then boto from the media. if all goes well system should boot up, loaditself to RAM and you will get an option to try it (called live OS). so you can try it see if everything works. if it doesn't post here int he forums and we can troubleshoot. solutions are often easy to find. but if everyhtign works you can install if to disk if you want to.

    changes are lost on reboot from such try it session. that is unless you do some disk changes on purpose (delete files etc...).
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    Re: Laptop Recommendations

    If someone wants actual support for Linux from a hardware vendor, that effectively limits the choices to small specialist firms like System76 who pre-install Linux on OEM hardware.

    I'd also look carefully at the specific support these vendors provide to an end-user.

    In any case, my ThinkPad W530 has worked just fine with any Linux distribution I've thrown at it. I deleted Windows, turned off safe boot and turned on legacy BIOS boot. All's been well.

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    Re: Laptop Recommendations

    that is not true.

    Dell sells laptops with Ubuntu linux preloaded here. there is also Dells XPS developer's edition whcih is also ubuntu equipped. HP sells some mashcines with suse linux preloaded (Ubuntu usually works fine on them). these two are one of the biggest manufacturers.

    when visiting Asia i saw Asus (or was it Acer) with Linpus preinstalled, there were also Lenovo with Ubuntu.

    so there are big brands that have linux on their mashcines. problem is they oftenly do not have it on latest hardware models. appart form Dell and smaller ones like System76 i haven't seen linux on new hardware.
    Last edited by mastablasta; February 12th, 2014 at 03:42 PM.
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    Just My 2 cents worth Been Running A Lenovo B-570 and Accer 5750 Lappys
    And They both work quite nicely, They have handled every distro I have thrown at them
    with ease and excellent preformance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mastablasta View Post
    that is not true.

    Dell sells laptops with Ubuntu...
    I didn't mention Dell given its reputation for on-again, off-again Linux sales. Dell.com does show the XPS 13 with Ubuntu 12.04.

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    Re: Laptop Recommendations

    Honestly,

    I have run Ubuntu (or one of its derivatives) on every Laptop I've owned, and never run into any problems...
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    Re: Laptop Recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by mastablasta View Post
    depends on other specs. GPU, wi.fi, backlight, touchpad and sometimes SSD are the ones with compatibility issues.
    luckilly there is an easy way to establish if you can run it or not,
    download latest 64bit (AMD64 image), burn it to DVD or USB (using netbootin) and then boto from the media. if all goes well system should boot up, loaditself to RAM and you will get an option to try it (called live OS). so you can try it see if everything works. if it doesn't post here int he forums and we can troubleshoot. solutions are often easy to find. but if everyhtign works you can install if to disk if you want to.

    changes are lost on reboot from such try it session. that is unless you do some disk changes on purpose (delete files etc...).
    Thanks for your tips @mastablasta....

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    Re: Laptop Recommendations

    Some great feedback - thank you
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    Re: Laptop Recommendations

    Quote Originally Posted by masdeal View Post
    Thanks for recommendation....
    Btw, I have a laptop (ASUS) with dual core processor. Can I using Ubuntu?
    model? my A54C-NB91 matches that description and it works wonderfully with the 3.13 kernel, minor backlight kinkiness though (it does work)
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