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    Question current laptops that run ubuntu

    I was looking over the laptops at BestBuy this evening as I need to get a new one. I've been researching several of the models I looked at and saw some that have had problems. I was just wondering if anyone has purchased a laptop in the last month or two and is successfully running Ubuntu on it? I'm looking in the $500 range roughly. The Dell Inspiron i15r looks good and I see that the 15r has been shown to work, just wasn't sure which flavor of 15r works and if the newer ones would also. Thanks for any help.

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    Re: current laptops that run ubuntu

    I just purchased an Acer Aspire E1-571-6680 and it runs Ubuntu beautifully. I try to stick to one rule when buying for Ubuntu/Linux in gerneral. Intel, Intel, Intel, hasn't let me down yet.

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    Re: current laptops that run ubuntu

    Thanks for the response skinny. What kind of battery life are you getting with that? do you get the 4 hours advertised?

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    Re: current laptops that run ubuntu

    Not a support question, moving to cafe.

    You might find the below sticky thread useful.

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1543006

    also https://friendly.ubuntu.com/
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    Re: current laptops that run ubuntu

    I apologize codemaniac. And I've been through both of those, but I appreciate the links.

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    Re: current laptops that run ubuntu

    All I can say is don't by an HP Pavilion G6. Ubuntu doesn't even start on it.

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    Re: current laptops that run ubuntu

    Thinkpads have a reputation for good Linux support. I bought one at the end of last year and haven't had any problems with it. Battery life is also very good, even on par with or better than Windows when using TLP (http://linrunner.de/en/tlp/docs/tlp-...anagement.html).

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    Re: current laptops that run ubuntu

    My laptop does pretty good, only issue is with the backlight, it got a bit crazy after the last bios update (version 210), it reset to 100% at login and on wake from suspend and getting the brightness via software changes the brightness (Kernel >3.6.11)
    if you have 3.6.11 software control works properly, but the fn+brightness keys don't work

    back on the 207 bios it had the best of both worlds on every kernel i ran on it (3.6-3.8), but software setting did not sync with the backlight keys

    aside from that everything is perfect, it runs really cool, laptop model is in my signature
    i would expect every asus notebook with a k54 motherboard (probably the A54 and K54 series) that does not use a ATI/Nvidia gpu to behave the same
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    Re: current laptops that run ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by rogue1987 View Post
    Thanks for the response skinny. What kind of battery life are you getting with that? do you get the 4 hours advertised?
    To be honest I am never to far from an outlet. Haven't really tested it, yet.

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    Re: current laptops that run ubuntu

    My Lenovo Ultrabook U510 Runs like a champ. Dual Booting windows 8 and Linux, and running backtrack in a VM on the SSD i5. Couldn't be happier. Got a sale at Staples selling it for $550.

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