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    list of vendors that sell hardware ready for Linux

    of course i know of System 76. i have 2 of their products which i remain happy with. but their current offerings don't encompass my anticipated scope of coming needs. so, i am looking around for more hardware vendors that have offerings they ensure will work with at least Ubuntu. please limit URLs to those that provide a list, instead of linking to the vendors directly.
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    Re: list of vendors that sell hardware ready for Linux

    If they are now supporting UEFI update from Linux, then that is a major step to full support.
    https://fwupd.org/vendorlist
    https://fwupd.org/lvfs/devicelist
    https://github.com/rhboot/fwupdate/b...ster/README.md
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: list of vendors that sell hardware ready for Linux

    Is this list any help for you?

    https://linuxpreloaded.com/

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    i agree that uefi update from linux is one of the main issues here. if not from linux then at least something like freedos or similar free OS should be offered.

    otherwise we have a bunch of HP Linux certified PC and laptops here with no OS preloaded or with freedos. they used to sell some with SUSE, but not anymore.

    some Acers come with linpus linux preloaded, but i am sure that distro is quite limited in scope. and often full fledged distro has issues to install.

    Some Asus laptops here come preloaded with endlessOS. would these work well if we replaced endless with Ubuntu?

    Dell offers Ubuntu support.
    Some gaming Lenovo's come with Ubuntu preloaded or with no OS loaded. i checked and looks like they work well with linux.

    as for desktop PC - the motherboard is the main issue. MSI looks well, Asus looks descent. i am sure there are others (Gigabyte and Asrock for example) but not all motherboards are equally well supported.
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    Re: list of vendors that sell hardware ready for Linux

    they need to work even if i re-install the latest (as of 2020-05 or later) LTS version of Xubuntu over what is pre-loaded (adding drivers is OK as long as they are not needed for disk, basic VGA, and ethernet). UEFI needs to be not deployed, able to be disabled, worked around, or resolved enough so the live/install image and a re-installed system can boot up. their highest end models must work this way.
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    Re: list of vendors that sell hardware ready for Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by Skaperen View Post
    UEFI needs to be not deployed, able to be disabled, worked around, or resolved enough so the live/install image and a re-installed system can boot up.
    If you aren't using UEFI then you're doing it wrong.

    BIOS was an ancient pile of kludges, weirdness, and undocumented behaviour. No machine uses it now. They're all UEFI, which can be made to emulate those kludges, that weirdness, and that undocumented behaviour.
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    probably it is not mean UEFI but windows "secure boot". UEFI is a standard dating back to 2003 or sometime around then. it was first supported by Linux. windows added support for it later one. the issue is secure boot and sometimes fastboot. both should have disable option in UEFI.

    issue 2 is updating UEFI. for some reason manufacturers decided you need windows to do that. this is ridiculous. why can't freeDOS do it for example? or at least windows restore /repair disk.
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    Re: list of vendors that sell hardware ready for Linux

    Quote Originally Posted by mastablasta View Post
    issue 2 is updating UEFI. for some reason manufacturers decided you need windows to do that. this is ridiculous.
    Generally, you don't, even if the manufacturer gives instructions for Windows users. UEFI can update itself; it doesn't need an external application. Just feed it the file on a thumb drive.
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    oh so UEFI has it's own OS so to say. i only ever updated in BIOS and for that i used a DOS/windows floppy disk. i remember i had to update it to do an upgrade with a special adapter form Pentium 2 400 Mhz to Celeron with 1,6 Ghz. massive upgrade, interesting adapter solution, but needed BIOS update. i also flashed BIOS and then updated as i was having issues with RAM. but then i solved it by "upgrade" to windows XP. that was way back in 2003 or 2004. and in all cases DOS formatted floppy was needed. first to boot into OS and then to run the .exe file that then performed the BIOS upgrade.
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