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Old 10-31-2013, 10:18 AM   #16
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i would call them and ask if they will pre-install linux for you (and provide tech-support). some oem's are starting to provide models with linux pre-installed (but i think their contractual agreement with microsoft forces them to sell them in their business division)... you mite get lucky and the model your interested in is already supported.
 
Old 10-31-2013, 10:20 AM   #17
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Hi.
That XPS already comes with Ubuntu Linux preloaded, when you are on their site you will see an option for configure and buy. There select the option for FreeDOS and Linux, That way you dont have to worry about W8. Check link http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/xp...0~14739528&p=1

For video editing there are some tools some of them free some of them you will have to pay for it check out this link
http://www.techdrivein.com/2013/09/t...ntu-linux.html

Also with Ubuntu Linux you wont have to worry about virus or malware in your computer, still you need to be careful what you download into your system though.

Once you get the laptop you want I would suggest to come back to this forums with question about how to get familiar with Linux. I recall you mention you own iDevices so to manage them in Linux there are some work around because there is no iTunes for Linux

Good luck to you

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Old 10-31-2013, 08:25 PM   #18
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Unfortunately, no

The problem is UEFI/secure boot:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified...#Secure_boot_2
This again. On any device with x86 or x86_64 CPU there must be an option to disable Secure Boot, otherwise the device will not get the Windows 8 Logo certification. So any of these laptops that has a Windows 8 logo will be able to run Linux.

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What is Ubuntu?

Will it be safe from viruses/spies?
Then don't go for Ubuntu, it comes with spyware by default. It can be disabled, but I wouldn't trust them in that regard anyways. I recommend to go for Mint or openSuse instead.
 
Old 11-01-2013, 10:04 AM   #19
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i have 3 Asus K55A laptops that i bought refurbished, each of them, for well under $400 USD over the past year. One came pre-installed with win7, the other two with win8. all three are currently running Fedora 19 with zero issues. everything works out of the box in Fedora. You still have to do the typical install of multimedia, but that is just the way it is.

These are i5's with between 4-8G ram and 500 -750G HDDs. Intel GPUs, dvd drive, usb 3.0, etc... fantastic laptops for the money. why spend 1600$ on something that is not much better hardware wise and why buy brand new unless you are buying for the "extended" warranty that you then have to pay 100-400$ more then the cost of the laptop.

all three of these refurbished laptops came with 90 day manufacture warranty. one of the many advantages to buying refurbished is that the laptops go through a higher level of quality control before they are sold again.

just food for thought.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/4...bished_-_Black

http://www.sears.com/search=asus%20k...%20Refurbished

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834230873

side note about the newegg laptop (this is were i got two of mine) i had to RMA mine for a bad wifi connector, but it is sold without a win8 license key and if you format the recovery partition you can not get NewEgg to service the laptop, just go straight through Asus. their CS/TS is 10000x better then NewEggs.
 
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Old 11-01-2013, 10:58 AM   #20
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i have 3 Asus K55A laptops that i bought refurbished, each of them, for well under $400 USD over the past year. One came pre-installed with win7, the other two with win8. all three are currently running Fedora 19 with zero issues. everything works out of the box in Fedora. You still have to do the typical install of multimedia, but that is just the way it is.

These are i5's with between 4-8G ram and 500 -750G HDDs. Intel GPUs, dvd drive, usb 3.0, etc... fantastic laptops for the money. why spend 1600$ on something that is not much better hardware wise and why buy brand new unless you are buying for the "extended" warranty that you then have to pay 100-400$ more then the cost of the laptop.

all three of these refurbished laptops came with 90 day manufacture warranty. one of the many advantages to buying refurbished is that the laptops go through a higher level of quality control before they are sold again.

just food for thought.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/4...bished_-_Black

http://www.sears.com/search=asus%20k...%20Refurbished

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834230873

side note about the newegg laptop (this is were i got two of mine) i had to RMA mine for a bad wifi connector, but it is sold without a win8 license key and if you format the recovery partition you can not get NewEgg to service the laptop, just go straight through Asus. their CS/TS is 10000x better then NewEggs.
Thanks for that! I've been toying with the idea of getting a laptop, myself. I will be getting one of these!
 
Old 11-01-2013, 06:09 PM   #21
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im very pleased with the value for the money I paid for them. i can even play World of Warcraft at a decent FPS via wine on these things.
 
Old 11-04-2013, 12:35 AM   #22
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One thing to look out for and avoid is the use of the Nvidia Optimus graphics system which is not properly supported in Linux (Nvidia's fault, not Linux's): it uses up the battery charge.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nvidia_Optimus
'Optimus' is partially supported by newer nvidia drivers (319.17+).

while the offical drivers (AFAIK) have power management issues still, bumblebee should work.

That said, if the system isn't for playing games its best avoided.

Also best avoided are 'swichable graphics' setups (mostly Intel CPU Amd GPU systems).

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Unfortunately, no

The problem is UEFI/secure boot:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified...#Secure_boot_2
On any x86 system with a 'Win8' logo secure boot can be disabled. Its not that big an issue.

There are even distros which should boot even with 'secure boot' enabled. Not that I've tested that myself.

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I like that dell and i will pay the $1500 and not care. I just like it.
For that much money, you could get a nice netbook and a desktop with way more power than the dell. The dell XPS 13 'only' has a dual core CPU, dont be misled by the 'i7' tag.....it hasnt got anythign like the power of desktop i7s.
 
Old 11-04-2013, 03:12 PM   #23
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You may wish to start off by using a free virtual machine. A vm is a program much like any windows program except this program is a software copy of a computer. You'd be able to run windows and almost any other linux/bsd/qnx/dos/menuetos/reactos/haikuos at the same time as windows. You can do it without fear of wrecking your main OS and learn at the same time. Try VMPlayer or VirtualBox. The VM will transparently connect to wireless and such so you won't have to learn so much new stuff.
 
Old 11-04-2013, 07:07 PM   #24
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I put linux on a Windows 8 UEFI/Secure boot machine. I am typing on/in it right now. Windows 8 was wiped clean off.
 
Old 11-04-2013, 07:26 PM   #25
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delete me

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