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    Linux Laptop in Australia

    Heya,

    Here in Oz we don't have the Dell Ubuntu laptop options. I've googled a bit and found one or two Australian businesses who sell laptops with some linux pre-installed.

    Has anyone else in Australia had any experience with a laptop with linux pre-installed? Any reputable dealers?

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    Re: Linux Laptop in Australia

    If you're not looking for a powerful laptop, you could check out the Asus EEpc which ships with either Linux or XP...but I can't help but look at it as more of a kid's machine.

    I'd suggest you check out the smaller retailers. Places like Harvey Norman, JB Hifi, Officeworks et al only offer Windows...yet your local pc store down the street may be more inclined to give the customer what he/she wants.

    Recently, Officeworks signed a distribution deal with Dell so one would hope that eventually, if not already, Linux would become an option. *crosses fingers*

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    Re: Linux Laptop in Australia

    Hey Andy,
    I'm sure DELL used to make their system available with Ubuntu some time ago.
    They do offer other Linux variants snip

    I bought a new Latitude D830 off eBay recently, (DELL clearance special) it came pre-installed with Vista Business.

    I downloaded the Ubuntu iso and am planing to move over to using this on the lappy.
    Just getting use to it first on the main desktop machine first, and making sure I can run vmware and the win apps ok first before the big switch.

    Have you considered doing this your self?

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    Re: Linux Laptop in Australia

    Dell do have Ubuntu pre-installed on machines, but not in Oz [mountain_goat your link has timed out].

    I currently dual boot my wife's laptop with Hardy and Vista. I need to tinker with VMware (for uni) and don't want to do this in Vista, so i would rather remove Hardy from her laptop and have my own machine (Yay for casual-staff tax time!).

    I'd consider the Eeepc1000 [with linux], but only the Eeepc1000H [with XP & no SSD] is available [What is it about good technology that can't cross Pacific/Indian Ocean?].

    I'll have a look at the local computer fair, as they sell desktops with no OS, but a notebook is something I'd prefer to have a warranty for.

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    Re: Linux Laptop in Australia

    Andy,
    wow, you are right, the link has timed out, I only picked up the link a few hours ago!

    For me, vmware vmplayer 2.0.4 was quite easy to install within Vista on both the DELL D830 laptop and DELL E520 desktop, no problems at all.

    My desktop dual boots Vista and Ubuntu Studio AMD64, again no problems with the setup.
    But if you are planing on using vmware within a ubuntu 64 bit system then you may need to also download the 32 bit libraries. Which I found out last night while having problems with it operating correctly.
    I would advise checking out the forum for any other information which may be useful to know before hand.
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    sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
    If you are running 32 bit ubuntu I guess you wont as it will already be installed.

    DELL do sell systems still with XP, so if that is of any help. Meaning you would own a legitimate copy of XP to build an image of for vmware.

    Remember also that Vista will need a minimum of 512MB of RAM to work, so your system will really need to have 1GB plus,
    preferably a minimum of 2GB for smooth operation and less swaps outs. Then if you do use Vista inside vmware you can offer it more than the 512MB.

    Hope this helps somewhat.

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    Re: Linux Laptop in Australia

    Laprops are cheap at the moment.
    Tax changes have retailers overstocked.

    I bought my daughter one on Thursday night.
    Acer Aspire ~ 1.8 dual core 2GB ram 160 GB disk wireless bluetooth 15" screen... Vista Home something.

    List price $777. After a little haggling I got it for $680.
    BUT it also had a $150 manufacturers cashback making the final spend only $530.

    All linuxs work on my Acer laptop but ACPI doesn't.
    I only get about 30 minutes battery life with a 17" screen.
    Tolerable as I use it at home and when I am working away.

    My other daughter has a R61 ThinkPad.
    Ubuntu works perfectly and she gets 4 hours of battery life.
    These can be picked up at places like GraysOnline for around $700-$800

    The small EEPC is under $400 and runs some type of linux.
    I see it as more of a replacement for a PDA than a serious computer although with a USB keyboard and an external monitor it could be useful.

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    Re: Linux Laptop in Australia

    I'm not sure about the Australian network but here in NZ **** Smith have been selling some Asus machines which come preloaded with either Linux or Windows. From what I've seen of them, they look (to me anyway) little more than toys.
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    Re: Linux Laptop in Australia

    To be honest I've completely lost faith in the mindsets of people in this country. I would go and send a complaint to Dell about it, then find a laptop with either no OS preinstalled or one of the Asus EEE models that they actually did bother to put Linux on over here and sell that instead.

    I'd just like to mention that the concept of "too small of a market" made by Dell Australia is absolute garbage since firstly they have no idea how disappointed people are at Microsoft for Vista and its price tag, and secondly I fail to see where they would make a loss considering you're not exactly making custom Linux hardware, you're just sticking Ubuntu onto Linux-compliant hardware and setting up a small support centre. We have universities pumping out IT students trained in Linux so finding a team sure isn't the problem.

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    Re: Linux Laptop in Australia

    This place also offers Linux/Ubuntu preinstalled on its notebooks and desktops.

    http://www.pioneercomputers.com.au/default.asp

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    Re: Linux Laptop in Australia

    Im selling a 2gb eeepc surf with Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha installed on a 8gb SD card if your interested.
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