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I am thinking of buying a new laptop either Dell or HP with intel i5 processor in Singapore. Can you advice me on a model? I am worried about the the graphic card, media reader etc, which may not have the Linux drivers. I have checked the certified list of Linux-compatible computers but they are old models and are not even sold in Singapore. I am presently using HP Pavilion dv1000 on Ubuntu 11.04 & it is running fine!
If you want good compatibility, i strongly suggest that you find a laptop which has as many things made by Intel as possible. especially video chip (Intel integrated graphics), it will run cooler than any ati/nvidia card, will support open source drivers, will provide you slightly better battery life and will function a lot longer, and performance is more than enough if you are not planing on heavy 3d gaming. This way you can rest easy, your hardware will work well with Linux. Next you need compatible acpi (so all the brightness controls, wifi switches, fn functions would work correctly). And I am not sure about new hp, but there are dell specific acpi drivers in Linux kernel, but how well this driver suits new dell's I do not know. Personally I would look away from hp and choose between Lenovo and Dell as they seem like only quality manufacturers left.
My last couple of laptops have been Dell - including this i7. Previous XPS had a (onboard) nvidia fail after a couple of months. They came into the office after arranging a time, replaced the motherboard, no questions asked (N.B. - this is a personal laptop, not company).
Couldn't be happier.
I also second the Intel wifi recommendation - I always specify this in preferences to Broadcom, although the latter is getting better.
This is a fine laptop you selected. Biggest plus that is has a big maintenance panel, so it is easy to clean dust from heat sinks (should be done at least every year, or ideally when you can't feel air flow). Also it has wide selection of ports and build quality should be nice too (did not had a chance to hold it in hand). And added such a nice specs, I seriously doubt you could go wrong with it.
LCD panel is good for movies, but if you surf the internet or work with photos, or do a lot of text related work, you should be happier with higher resolution one, because of increased vertical pixels (if there is an option for one of course).
There is 1 certified HP laptop on the list and 71 certified Dells.
The ubuntu hardware list isnt as bad as it has been in the past, but its still not great.
Lots of laptops in particular that are 'certified', and if you dont check (or even know to check) then just go out and buy a laptop from the list you can still end up with hardware that wont work right.
Originally Posted by Kalyan-sg
I found a good site for buying Linux Laptops. Thought I would share:
Just a silly question @ Totoro-kun: Will 8GB ram pose a problem for Ubuntu?...thanks so much for your comments!!
Ubuntu will work just fine with 8GB...but unless you are planning on doing lots of virtualisation, 8GB with a dual core isnt a great setup IMO. Anything that need or even likes 4GB+ is going to run better with a few more cores.