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    Reccommended linux laptop?


    I've decided I want to get a new laptop to run linux on.
    I've experimented with using linux in the past, I studied it a bit at uni however when it came to giving it a go on a computer at home I ran into way too many problems with using obscure hardware for which linux drivers weren't available and the whole thing just ran terribly.
    Are there any brands/models out there which are particularly suited for a linux install?
    Cheap is of course good too
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    If you live in the US, try ZaReason Linux Laptops, Desktops, Servers and more - they ONLY sell Linux (and other FOSS) systems.
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    Most folks also have pretty good luck with either Toshiba, Lenovo or Acer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jayd512 View Post
    Most folks also have pretty good luck with either Toshiba, Lenovo or Acer.
    I've had good luck with Dell Inspirion models. I've had a D600 and currently have a D630. Both run Linux very well - even the WiFi and USB Bluetooth dongle and webcam that I have. I run 64-bit Scientific Linux (Red Hat Enterprise clone) 6.2 on it right now. It's getting a bit aged - about 6-7 years old, but still healthy.
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    I have an ASUS with AMD A8-4500M. It's great, picked up a refurb for $370. I strongly recommend AMD A8 series CPUs.

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    i've had good experience with Dell (needed the latest kernel and NVidia drivers though), and Panasonic Toughbooks (minus the stylus).

    Also, browse the Linux on Laptops site.

    good luck!

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    I've bought a number of older used laptops over the last 5 years, and all but one ran one version of linux or another out of the box. True some had to be tried with 10 or 12 different flavors to find the one it ran best on, but that was half the fun. The one that didn't run out of the box had a driver issue that the folks at the forum helped me fix. Nowadays, I would say that pretty much any system would run linux of one brand or another, the exception might be arm based processors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MASONTX View Post
    I've bought a number of older used laptops over the last 5 years, and all but one ran one version of linux or another out of the box. True some had to be tried with 10 or 12 different flavors to find the one it ran best on, but that was half the fun. The one that didn't run out of the box had a driver issue that the folks at the forum helped me fix. Nowadays, I would say that pretty much any system would run linux of one brand or another, the exception might be arm based processors.
    Actually, Linux supports ARM processors very well, especially Debian. Most ARM systems (other than Apple and WindowsRT - gah!) run Linux. Remember, Android IS Linux at its heart!
    Sometimes, real fast is almost as good as real time.
    Just remember, Semper Gumbi - always be flexible!

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    RE: Are there any brands/models out there which are particularly suited for a linux install? Cheap is of course good too
    RE: the latop
    Don't look for the cheepest laptop in town. In the worst case scenario buy the cheepset but one.
    I personally would recommend to you the Notebooks of HP Compaq, series NX, with some intel processor, if possible.
    Extend the memory while you still have the technical feasibility to do so (the memory chips concerned are still available on the market). When you get richer you may change the HDD with SSD (it is much faster and much more comforable to work with). It does not need to be big. My fully-featured desktop uses 11.7 GB, so a HDD of 80 GB is more than enough. I work with 35 GB hard disk and didn't have any problems so far with the disk space.
    RE: the linux OS
    You can install linux virtually on any laptop.
    Maybe you should be careful with the new super-compact laptops. Most of them have poor convection and get overheated when working continuously ... and irretrievably damaged very soon (in 2 or 3 years - just after expiry of the warranty term).

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    I paid 200 bucks for this

    I was not going to reply because I figured the OP was looking for i3,i5,or i7
    chip laptops. Mine suffices for my needs as far as converting video and music files. Has planty of ram and is built ok. Mint 14 Mate 64bit works out
    of the box and it dualboots with Windows 7 just fine. I only use Windows for motorcycle tuning mostly.

    If you can find one at the price I did. More power to ya.
    As a side note. My Acer Aspire 5534. I just installed a new
    keyboard for 14 bucks. It ran AntiX 13.1/dual boot Windows 7 like a raped ape.
    I gave that one back to the wife (recovery windows 7). It is dual core AMD with 4gig
    of ram and is fully Linux compatible also. I used to post
    on the forum here with it.

    You coukd pick one of those used at a good price also.
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