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Old 07-26-2009, 10:00 AM   #1
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Laptop for Linux

Ok, so I bougt an G4 ibook & set up the dual boot on OS x 10.4 and the Ubuntu linux. The trackpad isn't owkring on linux and macs "internet ready" netowrking isn't picking up my internet connection. When Ubuntu was running on the same machine by itself, I didn't have any trouble before.

Also, now Apple has gotten rid of Apple works and now I gotta buy iwork. This is going back to the store, for sure!

So, what's the best laptop (for about $1000) for running Linux. If it's not an apple, I won't be doing a dual boot. I been looking at a HP Pavilion. Any suggestions?

Thanks for the help!
Old 07-26-2009, 10:30 AM   #2
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G4 iBook? Those are pretty old. Did you buy a used one? Clearly, it should have been pretty cheap, nowhere near $1000 ( You can get a new Intel MacBook at Apple starting at $999. Of course, if you start picking more features and adding stuff on, prices go up.

Seems like you could work out the problems with the trackpad, since it worked with ubuntu alone. As for iWork, even though I have Macs for all my desktops at both home and work, I use NeoOffice or OpenOffice for that sort of thing. I did buy a copy of MacLink Plus, because I have files dating way back from multiple applications, and NeoOffice can't always open them.

You say, "If it's not an apple, I won't be doing a dual boot." So, why not just run ubuntu on the G4? And then, who cares about iWork anyway? Seems like a non issue, since you are willing to go with a linux only PC laptop. Of course, I can understand wanting something newer than a G4.


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