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Hello fellow Linux Users. I am writing you from Germany. Basically, I need a sugestion about Laptop. I need relatively large screen 15 inch or more, that is light and ...
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    Question Need an advice on hardware to buy


    Hello fellow Linux Users.

    I am writing you from Germany.
    Basically, I need a sugestion about Laptop.
    I need relatively large screen 15 inch or more, that is light and has more or less all needed functionality of modern laptop(web cam and built in mic are major plus here). It must be fully Linux compatible. When you say that I need to git-hub Linux kernel and bleeding edge Atheros driver patch for it - it is not...
    I don't care if it's not powerful(within reasonable borders).

    It's gonna be used as entertaining centre for my mom's night shifts. Watching youtube videos, ocasionally opening open office and skype me.(so it's x86/amd64 platform)

    4 descriptions: light, cheap, big screen, Linux compatible.

    Thanks in advance for help!

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    Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba all ave great track records for Linux compatibility. And many of their laptops pretty affordable without sacrificing power.
    You can take a look at Newegg to browse around for some different models.
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    Thanks for suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by jayd512 View Post
    Acer, Lenovo and Toshiba all ave great track records for Linux compatibility. And many of their laptops pretty affordable without sacrificing power.
    Thanks for suggestion. Can you suggest specific model?
    I know a few producers of laptops do them quite linux compatible. I just don't want to buy some Laptop to find out i have to mess with it big time to get wifi or some other peripheral working.

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    There is a company in the US (Berkeley, California), Zareason.com, that only manufactures systems that run Linux, BSD, and other open source operating systems (all hardware is supported). I have asked them about shipping to Germany. Good people. Good systems. Decent prices. Don't know what the shipping would be, but I suspect they will let me know. I think they also have an outlet in the EU now, so it may not be too expensive! I'll post again as soon as I hear back from them.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    Well, sorta too late

    Quote Originally Posted by Rubberman View Post
    There is a company in the US (Berkeley, California), Zareason.com, that only manufactures systems that run Linux, BSD, and other open source operating systems (all hardware is supported). I have asked them about shipping to Germany. Good people. Good systems. Decent prices. Don't know what the shipping would be, but I suspect they will let me know. I think they also have an outlet in the EU now, so it may not be too expensive! I'll post again as soon as I hear back from them.
    I was interested. But they blown my budget. Nice specs, but i didnt need them. laptop for my mom. Big screen, small specs. All i needed.
    I ordered Lenovo laptop, which friend said works with Ubuntu out of the box. I shall report on model once i set things up.
    Last edited by dimko; 08-24-2013 at 09:07 PM. Reason: too sleepy

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    "I ordered Lenovo laptop, which friend said works with Ubuntu out of the box. I shall report on model once i set things up. "

    Pretty safe choice IMO. There are some good Linux pages for their gear

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    Need an advice on hardware to buy

    My first GNU/Linux box was actually a Lenovo G550 laptop with Ubuntu 09.04. Never had a problem. I'd say you go for it!

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    Thumbs up Reporting my Findings.

    G780 from Lenovo seems to be near perfect.

    Cheap, quite powerful for the cashes, big screen. All worked out of the box.
    Xfce variation of Ubuntu had major issues with network manager, rendering wireless near useless.(disconnected every minute). Don't remember what I set up on it.(I am too sleepy right now, probably Arch Linux, anyway, seems to be some other Ubuntu derivative with Mint on it)
    Works flawlessly, all devices installed with no 3rd party messing. Even WIFI and Web Cam and Video Card. Didn't test BlueTooth, but it did get auto recognized and software was installed for it.

    If you ain't buying it for yourself or don't have high hardware requirements and you are strong enough to carry around 3 kilos, this box is for you!(well, at least based on initial gut feeling of mine)

    Thing i bought came with no Windows, so cost me 350 Euro.

    Only thing was: EFI, kill it with fire, from BIOS.
    You may come across issues if installing from flash card, but model i had had a CDROM drive, i was able to install OS from there.

    Pros: cheap, big screen with high resolution, many devices built in and working out of box, no windows installed model(had open DOS on it)
    Cons: Heavy(3-3,5 kilo), not exactly most powerful out there(4 gigs of ram and not sure more than one core anyway), but enough for every day use - gaming, EFI settings set on by default, so no flash install is possible(even with EFI disabled,, it fails to start from flash drive with EFI disabled, 2 different flash cards were tried of 2 different manufacturer, both seemed in good conditions).

    I am very happy I bought it for me mommy.
    Last edited by dimko; 09-19-2013 at 06:42 AM. Reason: adding more data

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