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Ok, I'm doing things a bit backwards here. I want to start playing with linux again, have another stab at it (past attempts have not gone well). However this time ...
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    Best laptop/netbook for linux?


    Ok, I'm doing things a bit backwards here.
    I want to start playing with linux again, have another stab at it (past attempts have not gone well). However this time I want to buy a seperate laptop or netbook specifically for linux. There are a couple of reasons for this consideration:
    • If I break it, I haven't lost my main machine
    • I can be sure that the hardware will be properly supported under linux


    Preferably I would like to buy the machine with linux pre-installed, configured, and working, however as long as the hardware is definately supported (and I'm thinking in particular wireless chipset, sound, and graphics) then I wouldn't mind having to install it myself.

    Are netbooks any good for this? I am worried that the different hardware won't be properly supported, also I don't know what other limitations the netbooks have over full laptops (I don't really know much about them). I know most come without an optical drive, does anyone know if I buy an external USB opt drive will I be able to boot live cds from it?

    I am in (and purchasing from) the UK, for preferably as cheap as possible. Does anyone have any suggestions?

    ~Shiv

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    Don't know if these will be available in the UK but it's something to look at just for kicks.

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    Have a word with these guys Custom built Linux based computing made simple: EfficientPC.co.uk, they mainly advertise desktops and the eeepc (which may suit your needs perfectly) to see if they will do a laptop.

    There is the added bonus that all their desktop machines are named from Stargate
    What do we want?
    Time machines!

    When do we want 'em?
    Doesn't really matter does it!?


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    Quote Originally Posted by rokytnji View Post
    Don't know if these will be available in the UK but it's something to look at just for kicks.

    Want: Touch Book
    OK, that's impressive!
    What do we want?
    Time machines!

    When do we want 'em?
    Doesn't really matter does it!?


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    *drools* That really does look awesome!

    I was thinking of getting the Toshiba NB100 originally, but I've since read some pretty awful reviews of it so now I've dropped that one and am looking some others:
    * Acer Aspire One A110-BC
    241 - Atom N270, 16GB SSD, 1GB RAM, 8.9" TFT
    * Fujitsu Amilo MINI UI 3520
    245 - Intel Atom N270, 60GB HDD 1GB RAM, 8.9" TFT, Webcam
    * MSI BK120C
    266 - Atom N270 1.6GHz, 1GB RAM, 120GB HDD, 8.9" TFT, Webcam
    Anyone have any thoughts either way?
    I quite like the idea of having a decent hard drive and webcam.

    The efficient pc site looks good, but the prices look higher than ebuyer
    ~Shiv

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