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    New Machine

    So it's Christmas time which means I'm getting some moneys. And I need a new machine, desperately. I would love some suggestions from the Ubuntu crowd.

    My requirements:
    1. Run Ubuntu 10.10 out of the box
    2. 12 inches
    3. Thin
    4. At least a gig of ram, two is better
    5. 802.11N wireless
    6. Bluetooth
    7. 8 hours or more of battery life
    8. More than a single USB port
    9. SD card port
    10. Kensington lock
    11. A trackpad that doesn't suck
    12. Matte lid. Not glossy!

    Sounds like a big list, sorry. If someone has better hardware specs they would like to recommend, here is what I will be using it for: Run ubuntu only, watch youtube/hulu videos, torrent, be connected to the internet for browsing and such, school work (open office), installing some other apps, and that's about it.

    Thanks!!
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    Re: New Machine

    Maybe this will do?

    It's $700 and the screen is an inch big but System76 is an Ubuntu OEM with customer service that (mostly) doesn't suck, unlike another Ubuntu OEM *coughcoughDellcoughcough*
    Use what works out best for you, whether it be Windows, Mac OS X or Linux. It isn't rocket science.

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    Re: New Machine

    Interesting. Out of curiosity, what's the word on System76's build and product quality?

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    Re: New Machine

    Quote Originally Posted by MisterGaribaldi View Post
    Interesting. Out of curiosity, what's the word on System76's build and product quality?
    I don't have a System76 computer as none of them fit my needs, but I've read that their build quality is solid and the product quality is high.
    Use what works out best for you, whether it be Windows, Mac OS X or Linux. It isn't rocket science.

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    Re: New Machine

    ZaReason is another popular choice for Linux-ready laptops. They can also ship internationally, while I believe System76 only ships within the U.S.

    The cheapest and most variety of Linux laptops I've seen are at LinuxCity. The only problem is I can't find anyone who's actually bought a machine from them. I've looked for blogs, mentions on discussion forums, but came up with nothing.

    This computer seemed to come the closest to meeting your requirements: Asus Eee PC 1201 PS 12.1 inch Atom N450. The battery life is a little less because it has an Nvidia graphics card. Although I'd go for that, it's rare to see dedicated graphics cards on netbooks. Anyway, there are lots of other choices on that website.
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    Re: New Machine

    Am I the only-one on the planet using Ubuntu 10.04 on a 100$ laptop

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    Re: New Machine

    Quote Originally Posted by asifnaz View Post
    Am I the only-one on the planet using Ubuntu 10.04 on a 100$ laptop
    No. My recycled Thinkpad T42 laptop cost £100, and the effective IT exchange rate is about £1 = $1.

    Google the 'zero dollar laptop'.

    Back on thread, try the keyboards on your candidate laptops at a local computer shop if you can. Some of the netbook style computers have small bendy keyboards that I make a lot of mistakes with. The keyboards flex as I type.
    Last edited by keithpeter; December 18th, 2010 at 05:55 PM. Reason: Clarification

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    Re: New Machine

    12 inch seems the perfect laptop size to me.

    cheap option - lenovo S12
    in the uk you can get them with linux preinstalled
    http://www.linuxemporium.co.uk/products/laptops/

    if you have a bit more money then an X series thinkpad

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    Re: New Machine

    Hmmm. Thanks for all the help, guys!!

    Please tell me more about under $100. This sounds interestingly good.
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    Re: New Machine

    I have a System 76 (currently with my wife). Great quality machines and great customer service. 100% Ubuntu friendly. Next laptop I am getting will be another Sys76 one (although it may be some time).

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