View Full Version : New laptop

January 15th, 2008, 01:52 AM
I'm going to buy a new lappy.
I have $400-500 dollars to spend
I will be using it for web programing and heavy web browsing (flash, games, youtube, email)

I don't care if it's preloaded with linux
and or if's used.


January 15th, 2008, 02:11 AM

Here you go. Just wipe the HD clean of Vista (or dual boot), and install your favorite flavor of Linux.

January 15th, 2008, 08:01 AM

Is a much better deal than the Dell listed above. Machine has much better specs.

January 15th, 2008, 08:13 AM
I don't have an exact laptop to recommend, but I do have some advice...

Keep in mind that hardware support is on the frontier with Linux, everything under the sun isn't going to have a driver for it, you might find yourself up the proverbial river without a paddle if you have hardware that simply isn't supported.

A good place to start is here: The 'laptops that work perfectly with Ubuntu' thread (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=427464).

Once you've read that, if the machine you really want isn't listed as being perfectly compatible, then look up the particulars of the beast and Google them, the most common problem is the wireless card with laptops but you might find yourself hitting upon a quandary with just about any area of the hardware, so research well.

That's all I had to say... and hopefully that'll save you the small amount of trouble I had with setting up my not-as-compatible-as-it-could-have-been laptop (which I admit wasn't as hard to deal with as all that, and it does run beautifully now that I've set it up but I realise that not everyone wants to deal with hardware issues and such).