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    New To Linux, need a new laptop

    Hello.

    I'm in the market for a new laptop/ultrabook/tablet.

    Preferably with Ubuntu pre-installed.

    Google search did not yield any interesting results.

    I know alienware at one point had a linux laptop, but it seems with their new refreshments they dropped that selection.

    Any ideas are appreciated, thanks.

    Budget: $1500-2000
    Screen size: 10' (tablet) - 17' (full size laptop)
    OEM: No preferance

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    Re: New To Linux, need a new laptop

    Try Dell or Newegg

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    Re: New To Linux, need a new laptop

    Pay attention to the heat related issues I see a lot of comments on the forums. Look at the Laptop Compatibility forum.

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    Re: New To Linux, need a new laptop

    Check out System76 at https://www.system76.com/laptops/

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    Re: New To Linux, need a new laptop

    Thread moved to Hardware.

    Welcome. Moved here for now but another staff member may move to Recurring Discussions before long as a question that has been asked many times before.

    Although most machines come with Windows pre-installed it will be easy enough to wipe the drive and install Ubuntu solo. That opens up your options considerably. Good luck.
    Last edited by Bucky Ball; September 4th, 2013 at 06:01 PM.

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    Re: New To Linux, need a new laptop

    Thanks for the replies.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky Ball View Post
    Thread moved to Hardware.

    Welcome. Moved here for now but another staff member may move to Recurring Discussions before long as a question that has been asked many times before.

    Although most machines come with Windows pre-installed it will be easy enough to wipe the drive and install Ubuntu solo. That opens up your options considerably. Good luck.

    I've read that Windows 8 comes with some software that makes installing any Linux software very difficult. That's why I'm looking into a device with Linux already pre-installed.


    Any news on Ubuntu tablets? I know Ubuntu has released software that makes Unity work with touch screens, but have any OEM's actually built a device using this software?

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    Re: New To Linux, need a new laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by kmelt93 View Post
    Thanks for the replies.




    I've read that Windows 8 comes with some software that makes installing any Linux software very difficult. That's why I'm looking into a device with Linux already pre-installed.


    Any news on Ubuntu tablets? I know Ubuntu has released software that makes Unity work with touch screens, but have any OEM's actually built a device using this software?
    I think your concern is valid. Ubuntu can be installed on Win 8 machines but it's another hurdle. I'd recommend looking at Lenovo/Thinkpad. They're selling quite a few new machines with Win 7 it seems, and IME Thinkpad video - at least Intel based video - and most hardware related items just work. Of course I'm biased toward Thinkpads and make no apologies. Personally I wouldn't mind having UEFI given that I like to run several O.S.s on one machine but Secure Boot? Not if I can help it.

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    Re: New To Linux, need a new laptop

    Last edited by King Dude; September 5th, 2013 at 03:29 AM.

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    Re: New To Linux, need a new laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by King Dude View Post
    I would love to get a Bonobo Extreme. But I would have no use for all that gpu power. Just look at all the current games available for linux, they're not very demanding. And it's not like Fallout 4 will be released for linux, so for the foreseeable future, that 765 or 780m would not see much action.

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    Re: New To Linux, need a new laptop

    +1 for Lenovo. If you want touch the X230t is Ubuntu Certified.
    http://www.ubuntu.com/certification/.../201202-10639/
    Last edited by nativehound; September 5th, 2013 at 02:20 PM. Reason: forgot the url
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