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Old 05-17-2011, 06:26 AM   #1
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buying laptop that is more compatible with Linux


hello everyone,

I want to buy a new laptop and install Linux.I don't know which laptops are more compatible wih Linux. can you give me some suggestions.
 
Old 05-17-2011, 06:32 AM   #2
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I think you should by a laptop that has good performance and less weird keys. You should buy a laptop that is less prone to vendor specific characteristics that only contains drivers for windows.
 
Old 05-17-2011, 06:33 AM   #3
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Welcome to LQ.

You could start at
http://www.linux-laptop.net/

Kind regards
 
Old 05-17-2011, 06:33 AM   #4
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Try this site:
http://www.linux-laptop.net/
 
Old 05-17-2011, 07:06 AM   #5
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That site is great, for old laptops. Very outdated. Best advice is what xeon123 said.
 
Old 05-17-2011, 07:10 AM   #6
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That site is great, for old laptops. Very outdated. Best advice is what xeon123 said.
The most recent submissions can be found at
http://www.linux-on-laptops.com/new.html

Kind regards

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Old 05-17-2011, 07:17 AM   #7
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If you'd like a specific suggestion, I can confirm that Lenovo Thinkpad T410 plays very well with Linux.
 
Old 05-17-2011, 07:43 AM   #8
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And in a recent survey, Asus and Toshiba came out on top for reliability.
 
Old 05-17-2011, 12:39 PM   #9
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You can see the results that Brian mentioned at
http://computers.toptenreviews.com/l...-hp-worst.html

The best bet is to choose a few models that you like the sound of, and then search for each using google.com/linux. If you get a lot hits for people having problems, move on to the next choice.
 
Old 05-17-2011, 01:26 PM   #10
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hello everyone,

I want to buy a new laptop and install Linux.I don't know which laptops are more compatible wih Linux. can you give me some suggestions.
I could lick my finger and stick it into the air and take a guess what direction the wind is blowing.

Problem is that there are laptops that are compatible with linux on various levels, high and low end, the majority of laptops will work with linux at the end of the day and so it really comes down to what you want the hardware to support and how much you are willing to *spend* on a laptop.

I find my Asus Eeepc works perfectly with Linux, then again it's a cheap low budget laptop because it's what I use for traveling thus I don't have as much to lose should it get stolen... Notably the first Eeepc's like several notebook type laptops was originally designed for Linux.
 
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Old 05-17-2011, 01:43 PM   #11
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i have a toshiba a205-s5803 is a bit older but ran winblows 7 fine
and ubuntu 10.10 works superb (albeit its running off a 4 GB flashdrive on 512 MB of ram)
i am very pleased with it
hope this helps

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Old 05-17-2011, 01:54 PM   #12
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There are hardware compatibility lists out there for such a thing.

I am using fedora 14/32 on a Dell XPS 1640 and it works fine.
 
Old 05-17-2011, 10:21 PM   #13
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You can get native Linux boxes from Zareason and Frostbite Systems. There may be others I don't know about.

They are a little pricey compared to a low-end Dell, for instance, but both companies are small shops run by Linux enthusiasts. I have heard good things about both outfits.
 
Old 07-03-2011, 04:56 PM   #14
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Identify the chip or chip set used to perform each of the important functions, then research the level of Linux support on the net. As a final test, before disfiguring the laptop's hard drive beyond the point of no return (or refund), you may be able to verify hardware support by booting into Linux from an external drive.

This sounds like a lot of work, and it is. Last December, I went through all of that when I was looking for a small, but relatively powerful laptop, on which to run Linux. I settled on a Toshiba Satellite m645, and have been really happy with the results.
 
Old 07-03-2011, 05:02 PM   #15
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Sorry for the double post, but I have to add that Toshiba makes several models, and not all them use the same chip sets. Which means that not all of them will work as well. If you're interested, you can read many of the gory details at

http://www.gletscher.name/linux_on_toshiba_m645.
 
  


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