View Full Version : [ubuntu] Buying a Laptop in the UK with Ubuntu pre-installed / no-OS

June 13th, 2012, 09:37 AM
Hey guys

I have been using Ubuntu for the last 3 years (1.5 years as my only OS) but I need to buy a new laptop (screen is broken).

In the UK where can I buy a laptop (or notebook probably) with Ubuntu preinstalled?
(or at least without Windows installed)


June 19th, 2012, 08:51 PM
I have a few different solutions depending on what you want to do:

First off you can buy a windows pc, purge it of the evil, and then install ubuntu on it, this is the easiest, but also the most expensive option.

Secondly, you can search for people who are selling laptops, often people will sell computers well below price because they have a broken OS that they do not know how to fix. some such sites are craiglist.com (a site that connects users with local sellers) and ebay.com (it's ebay). This is potentially the cheapest option, but it also carries a fair amount of risk as sometimes sellers will lie about issues and/or will not know about them.

Thirdly, if you really want a custom experience without the taint of Windows, you can build your own computer, I personally have built 2 computers to run ubuntu on and it's a breeze, but laptops are a little harder to do. This is the most involved option, but it's the most fun.


June 19th, 2012, 10:05 PM
Well thanks for not answering my question at all.

June 19th, 2012, 10:10 PM
I think all manufacturers will sell without a OS.

System 76 is one pre-install, here are others.

June 19th, 2012, 10:13 PM
To the OP

UK http://www.linuxemporium.co.uk/products/laptops/

USA and Europe http://linuxpreloaded.com/

or from Amazon in the UK http://www.amazon.co.uk/Meenee-MNB737-Laptop-Bluetooth-webcam/dp/B004GGBUJY

June 24th, 2012, 09:55 PM
Hi Matt,

I have found that Novatech (based in Portsmouth I believe) sell laptops with no Operating System installed:


For example, the Novatech nSpire 2760 seems a good spec (quad core i7, USB3, etc):


Also, you can customise them when ordering (so you can get the above laptop with 8Gb RAM and a 1Tb HDD).

I have no experience of the company, so can't comment on how good the laptops are, although I've seen a few good reviews, but it may be worth a look.

Kind regards,


P.S. Don't get a laptop with nVidia Optimus (dedicated graphics card), they don't work well with Ubuntu, so I've heard anyway. Better to get Intel integrated graphics I would think.

August 16th, 2012, 11:37 PM
You can purchase one of the following laptops from Ebuyer.com

Zoostorm Laptop

- Intel Pentium B970 2.3GHz
- 8GB RAM + 500GB HDD
- DVDRW + 15.6" HD LED
- Webcam
- No Operating System


Or Zoostorm Laptop

- Intel Core i3-2370 2.4GHz
- 8GB RAM + 500GB HDD
- DVDRW + 15.6" HD LED
- Webcam
- No Operating System



If you prefer a notebook with Ubuntu 12.04 pre installed i recommend

Zoostorm Ubuntu Z1204 15.6 inch Laptop (Intel Pentium B960 2.3GHz X 2 Processor, RAM 8 GB, HDD 500 GB, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-Bit)

Available from Amazon.co.uk


August 16th, 2012, 11:41 PM
there is


Although I have not used them myself

August 17th, 2012, 01:00 AM
Take a look here:

The company's site is now under (re)construction, but there is a phone number you can call. Perhaps Chris can get you a laptop with Ubuntu installed. He is friendly :) Worth a try, I think.

August 27th, 2012, 12:13 PM
there is


Although I have not used them myself

It looks like the same laptop as System 76?

October 30th, 2012, 10:56 AM
Also Available Now on Amazon.co.uk

Samsung Ubuntu 124LTS 15.6" laptop (AMD Quad-Core A6-3410MX Accelerated Processor 1.6GHz ,RAM 6 GB, HDD 750 GB, AMD Radeon HD 6520G Graphics VGA HDMI, DVD writer, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64-Bit)