View Full Version : [ubuntu] Looking for Linux Laptop + Assistance

June 10th, 2011, 02:55 AM
I am looking for a USED (refurbished) laptop with Ubuntu pre-installed (or dual boot with Win 7) with the following configuration (approx):

Display: 15.6" HD Widescreen LED Display (1366 x 768)
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 3000
Touchpad: Multitouch with two finger scrolling
Networking: Gigabit LAN (10/100/1000), WiFi
Wireless: Intel Advanced-N 802.11 abgn
Ports: HDMI, VGA, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x eSata, Headphone Jack, Microphone Jack, SD Reader
Camera: Built-In 1.3 MP Webcam
Power Management: Suspend & Hibernate
Battery: 6 Cell Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
AC Adapter: includes one AC adapter
Dimensions: 14.75" x 9.8" x 1.25"~1.69" (WxDxH)
Weight: 5.70 lbs. (2.58 kg.)
Processor: 2nd Generation Intel Core 6MB L3 Cache, 2.00GHz
Memory: 8 GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz - 2 X 4GB
Hard drive: 640 GB 5400 RPM SATA III

Requirements (not a complete list)
* Install OpenOffice and/or Libre
* Get VPN working (just like how I am able to use VPN while running Win 7)
* Use Evolution to check Outlook email + schedule meetings in Outlook
* Run Office Communicator
* Is it possible to run Microsoft Project?
* [ you get the idea...]

Basically replicate as many of the productivity applications that I am do with Win 7 while "working" in a business environment running Windows 7.

Goal of this Experiment:
Have a Plan B in place using Ubuntu should my Win 7 laptop bluescreen (which happens all the time).

I also need some handholding (via Skype perhaps?) to cross the chasm from Win 7 (*) to Ubuntu. (* : with unexpected blue screen)

Achieving this goal via self-service has been extremely sluggish. I don't have big bucks to spend on a Linux consultant.