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    Question Buying cheap temporary laptop for Ubuntu


    Hey guys I'm looking for a cheap laptop for programming purpose that can run Ubuntu. I've found Acer Aspire NX.M89AA.003;V5-131-2887 11.6-Inch Laptop (On Amazon, can't post links yet...)

    It has a CLI Linux distro pre-installed on it.
    Is it any good? If it is how long will the battery last? Got any different suggestion?

    Thanks.

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    Check Blinq as they have more powerful laptops cheaper, ditto with Newegg.

    About 6 months ago I bought a Core I-7 laptop with 8GB RAM and 750GB drive on Craigslist for $300 from a broke college student...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Itsdanielcohen View Post
    Hey guys I'm looking for a cheap laptop for programming purpose that can run Ubuntu. I've found Acer Aspire NX.M89AA.003;V5-131-2887 11.6-Inch Laptop (On Amazon, can't post links yet...)

    It has a CLI Linux distro pre-installed on it.
    Is it any good? If it is how long will the battery last? Got any different suggestion?

    Thanks.
    Amazon.com : Acer Aspire NX.M89AA.003;V5-131-2887 11.6-Inch Laptop : Laptop Computers : Computers & Accessories

    If that is it. It looks good to me.

    The Description makes me grin. Operating system, Linux. Nothing else. What a description for a sale.
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    As long as you have 1GB of RAM(Unity needs a bit more memory then say Xfce or even GNOME) and a 1Ghz processor you should be ok. I'd try and get at least 2GB of RAM(more then enough really unless you'll be doing video editing or graphic intensive stuff) and a 2Ghz Core 2 Duo processor and you'll be golden. You can normally pick up good, used laptops on EvilBay with those specs for around $100 bucks if you shop around. Also, 11.6" is ok, I'm running Manjaro/GNOME on a 12.1" screen and you can see everything ok but if you can move to a 13" or 14.1" screen it's a lot easier to see stuff and it's not really all that much larger of a laptop. Either way stay 10" or larger or you'll have problems seeing stuff in open windows sometimes. I know I have "issues" with that with the little 8.9" Netbook my wife uses.
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