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    Thinking of a laptop - low end

    Following another thread in this section (Thinking of a laptop), I want some advice on a more affordable laptop. This is what I need: Intel Core 2 Duo, wireless, dvd writer, at least 1 firewire and 1 usb2 ports, small in size, light in weight, durable...
    I am working in rural Africa. What would one recommend?
    Bries

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    Re: Thinking of a laptop - low end

    Thinkpad ?

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    Re: Thinking of a laptop - low end

    perhaps one of the system76 machines? I was also looking at gateway's website the other day, they have some small sized notebooks.

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    Re: Thinking of a laptop - low end

    Perhaps this link can help you to decide:http://www.tuxmobil.org/laptop_manufacturer.html
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    Re: Thinking of a laptop - low end

    at one point, i wanted a cheap laptop...now i have 2...one is a Dell i bought almost a year and a half ago for $500, but it's a nice system (zero linux compatibility though :/) the other is a used toshiba that i've been VERY happy with

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    Re: Thinking of a laptop - low end

    Hmmm... Strange that the Dell system is not compatible with Linux.

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    Re: Thinking of a laptop - low end

    Quote Originally Posted by maniacmusician View Post
    perhaps one of the system76 machines?
    What is your experience with the system76?

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    Re: Thinking of a laptop - low end

    Quote Originally Posted by bries View Post
    What is your experience with the system76?
    I haven't had personal experience with System76, but I know that they are excellent. Why? They're Ubuntu-based and have excellent support. They're so good that they even have a support section on these forums, in the 3rd party projects section (http://www.ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=158) They're very dedicated, and their systems come with Linux installed so you don't have to waste time configuring stuff.

    I'm not quite sure about their price/performance ratio as I've never personally owned a system, so you may have to check that out.

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    Re: Thinking of a laptop - low end

    I have checked the system76 website. But still their entry level laptop with Intel Core 2 Duo processor comes to U$888. Maybe I have to lower my expectations and settle for a Celeron?

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    Celeron's are really crappy processors. Truly. P4's as well. The entire line of processors based on the Netburst architecture are horrible. Your best bet really would be a core 2 duo if you want it to last. have you looked at gateway? I was messsing about on their site the other day, and I was able to configure some nice, not too expensive laptops.

    I also created one expensive one (1700 dollars) but it offered performance beyond its price, so it was a good deal. I just odnt know how linux compatible they are.

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