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Old 04-12-2011, 07:53 AM   #1
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Question Australia: finding EEE PC or laptop to install Ubuntu 10+


I though I would be able to buy an Inspirion notebook form the USA.
I had a long chat with DELL support in the USA who told me more or less that DELL has exhausted its supplies of Inspirion with Ubuntu... I was surprised. I spoke to the DELL supervisor who repeated more or less DELL was not working anymore with Ubuntu 12 April 2011 ...sad to hear that


Now I am looking for a Laptop like ASUS and may be a EEE PC.
I need some addresses or link.
I don't like the EEE PC coming with W7.
Is there any other retailers selling the EEE PC without W7?

I would like a Asus laptop but which one? same thing still with W7?

Any solution for this problem in Australia to find a laptop with CD rom and wifi.

I intend to do W-driving with Wifi laptop..

Any suggestion appreciated. G
 
Old 04-12-2011, 03:22 PM   #2
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You are unable, as far as I am aware, to buy a laptop or PC in general without either Windows or Mac OSX in Australia. I had a similar conversation with Dell last year or the year before. They would not import an Ubuntu machine, nor would Dell Australia install it, sell me a machine without an OS at all, or anything sensible. You have 2 options buy a machine with either Windows or Mac and suck it up and leave them on it or buy a machine with Windows or Mac and install Linux on it. You could buy an extra hard drive and fit it to install Linux to, that's what I will do when I have the money to buy a new laptop. That way if anything happens warranty is not voided.
 
Old 04-13-2011, 06:48 AM   #3
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You are unable, as far as I am aware, to buy a laptop or PC in general without either Windows or Mac OSX in Australia. I had a similar conversation with Dell last year or the year before. They would not import an Ubuntu machine, nor would Dell Australia install it, sell me a machine without an OS at all, or anything sensible. You have 2 options buy a machine with either Windows or Mac and suck it up and leave them on it or buy a machine with Windows or Mac and install Linux on it. You could buy an extra hard drive and fit it to install Linux to, that's what I will do when I have the money to buy a new laptop. That way if anything happens warranty is not voided.
Thanks k3lt01 for your comments:
IN a way it makes me happy to know I am not the only one.
Yes this is incredibly bad the situation for Linux here in Australia.
I will keep the Laptop with W7 and make a double boot .
I don't know if I can use an extra HD, because some of these laptops are pretty hard to get to the HD.
I had some toshiba were le DH was easy to access, but some of these new models are so closed in, it takes time to swapp then around.
Thanks for the tips.
G
 
Old 04-13-2011, 07:45 AM   #4
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I find I need a Windows machine quite often - work, play, shonky web pages.
Set it up for dual boot - it won't affect your warranty.

When I buy Dell, I make sure to specify the Intel wifi option. The Dell branded (Broadcom usually) wifi is often a PITA. Broadcom are getting better with their drivers, and the later Ubuntus should work o.k., but I still prefer the Intel.
 
  


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