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Old 05-09-2008, 07:40 AM   #1
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What Laptop will work with Ubuntu OUT THE BOX?


Hi Guys,

Okay ive had some installation hell with my AMD Turion TL-58 64x2 powered HP notebook and Ubuntu - see this thread:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...9/#post3147947

I want to try to purchase another notebook that wont sap my enthusiasm with installation... what do you recommend? I was thinking ASUS, but i'm open to suggestions.

Best Regards,

Lloyd Dube
 
Old 05-09-2008, 09:45 AM   #2
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I would have asked it the other way--ie what Linux will work out-of-the-box on a laptop.

Unless you have lots of spare cash, I would not run off and buy a new laptop having only tried Linux on your existing one for just a few hours. On the other hand, you can simply buy a laptop pre-configured with Linux from any of several sources.

I have been evaluating various distros for my HP laptop and was pleasantly surprised to see Slackware 12.1 work out of the box for both the wireless and the nvidia card.

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Old 05-09-2008, 10:11 AM   #3
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Unless you have lots of spare cash, I would not run off and buy a new laptop having only tried Linux on your existing one for just a few hours. On the other hand, you can simply buy a laptop pre-configured with Linux from any of several sources.
I kinda did just that. Bought a Compaq laptop from best buy. Slapped on Ubuntu and most everything worked, except for the nvidia drivers, and my wifi card.

But ubuntuforums.org had instructions on fixing my wifi (which required I ditch 64bit ubuntu).

If you have experience with laptops on Linux it's a pretty straightforward endeavor. But why guess when you can check the hardware specifications against one of the many Linux hardware compatibility lists... like the one on this site.

I agree with Pixelany though; if you don't have any experience with Linux on laptops, then you better be ready to read up, and keep a spare network cable around .
 
  


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