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Old 09-28-2017, 03:02 AM   #1
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List of linux compatible affordable laptops?


Hi!
A few years ago as I bought my laptop, I could easily find some linux compatible affordable laptops (less than 500}. I have been looking for such(actual) lists lately and was suprise not to find anything I could use except the DB from Mint:
https://community.linuxmint.com/hardware/search

I would be very thankful if you had any others relevant updated DB. It doesn't have to be distro related. My goal is just to be able to buy a laptop under 500 where Linux works without any problem.
 
Old 09-28-2017, 05:35 AM   #2
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Hi!
A few years ago as I bought my laptop, I could easily find some linux compatible affordable laptops (less than 500}. I have been looking for such(actual) lists lately and was suprise not to find anything I could use except the DB from Mint:
https://community.linuxmint.com/hardware/search

I would be very thankful if you had any others relevant updated DB. It doesn't have to be distro related. My goal is just to be able to buy a laptop under 500 where Linux works without any problem.
It has been my experience that, with both laptops and printers, a list of compatible models is obsoleted faster than it can be updated. In other words, by the time your list is done half of the models are out of production. With printers you can just list the characteristics that compatible printers will have in common and notes about compatibility and what makes a printer NOT compatible and it will be valid for a while. With laptops, that trick does not always work.

I understand clearly the problem. I have no real solution.
That said, I have not run into a laptop that will not run Linux, only laptops where one or another feature does not work or works differently than when it is running Windows.
I wish that the hardware manufacturers would get on board with listing some of the Linux distributions and versions along side the Windows versions the hardware will run.
 
Old 09-28-2017, 05:47 AM   #3
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two words: second hand.
or: buy used.

because:
  1. cheaper
  2. linux development has had time to catch up with hardware development (assuming the used hardware is not brand new)
  3. it is also easier to find problem reports & solutions on the web
 
Old 09-28-2017, 06:13 AM   #4
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I've had good results buying 2 refurbished Thinkpads from ebay, a T410 (about 210) and a X200 (about 85). Both running Slackware64 14.2, no problems.
 
Old 09-28-2017, 09:46 AM   #5
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Mint is based on Ubuntu, so this list should be fairly applicable: https://certification.ubuntu.com/desktop/

I've purchased three computers that came with Ubuntu factory pre-installed: two Dells and a System76. I'm not sure whether or not System76 ships to Austria, but Dell is a global company. I would imagine that just about any computer that comes with Ubuntu pre-installed would also be compatible with Mint.
 
Old 09-28-2017, 03:51 PM   #6
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I tend to assume the most mass produced product tends to have more linux support. If you are looking then consider the big name brand models that are popular. Don't get the lower end and don't get the highest end product.

Laptops have never been well supported in linux. The issues would be nic and graphics usually. Some lower end goofy uefi loader issues.
 
Old 09-28-2017, 07:44 PM   #7
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I'm a believer in Dell Business line laptops. The "newest" one I've bought I got for under $100, and after a few upgrades (ram, SSD, wireless), have spent a grand total of $250, the Core-i5 3380M 8 GB ram 480 SSD machine that has a modern AC wireless and Bluetooth. Works with every distro I've had on it, has a decent LCD (1600x900, would prefer a 1920x1080 but it's at least not 1366x768) and while not an ultrabook by ANY stretch of the imagination, isn't insanely heavy (and has an optical drive still).
 
Old 09-28-2017, 07:46 PM   #8
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Mint is based on Ubuntu, so this list should be fairly applicable: https://certification.ubuntu.com/desktop/

I've purchased three computers that came with Ubuntu factory pre-installed: two Dells and a System76. I'm not sure whether or not System76 ships to Austria, but Dell is a global company. I would imagine that just about any computer that comes with Ubuntu pre-installed would also be compatible with Mint.
The OP said "less than 500". That pretty much excludes non-used Dells and System76.
Try Lenovo Ideapad 100 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black) - (Intel Core i5-5200U, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB Storage
This review says Ubuntu 16.04 MATE everything worked right after installation.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/customer...SIN=B01GCNYZI6
"Everything worked out of the box. Wireless, Bluetooth, Audio, Webcam, Touchpad - all the often critical things were working perfectly"
 
Old 09-28-2017, 09:19 PM   #9
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I've had good results with Dells, except their lower end models tend to use Broadcom wireless, which adds a little spice to getting them working. I also had an Acer that worked and played well with Linux.

Several members of my LUG swear by Lenovo.

Generally, if the machine is Intel inside, including the wireless and video, it will usually be Linux compatible. Realtek and Broadcom wireless and NVidia video can be problematic, though Linux NVidia support continues to improve.
 
Old 09-29-2017, 10:44 AM   #10
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The OP said "less than €500". That pretty much excludes non-used Dells and System76.
Try Lenovo Ideapad 100 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black) - (Intel Core i5-5200U, 8 GB RAM, 1 TB Storage
This review says Ubuntu 16.04 MATE everything worked right after installation.
https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/customer...SIN=B01GCNYZI6
"Everything worked out of the box. Wireless, Bluetooth, Audio, Webcam, Touchpad - all the often critical things were working perfectly"
Apologies, I am in the USA and am not knowledgeable about international pricing. The list I linked to above has over 300 Ubuntu-certified laptops, so there should be something for any budget. For example, I see that delloutlet.com has Ubuntu-certified, refurbished Latitude laptops starting as low as US$310 (with 1 year warranty). Not sure what that translates to in Austrian currency, but well worth the look. Lenovo is a great suggestion, too. I have heard very good things about Linux compatibility with their lineup!

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Old 09-29-2017, 11:38 AM   #11
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I know the inexpensive 15" Lenovo Ideapad G50 works well because that's what I've been using for a few years now...a G50-45 with quad-core AMD A6-6310 CPU w/Radeon R4 GPU. You can get the Ideapad G50-80 or G50-70 with many diff AMD and Intel CPu's up to 4th/5th gen Core i5 and i7 (reburbished) for around EU$500. Parts are also easy to find and inexpensive. I spilled water all over mine and replacing just the keyboard for ~$15 and got it back working fine. I upgraded to 8GB RAM and a Samsung EVO 850 SSD. Right now I'm running the latest version of Manjaro Xfce 17.05 with kernel 4.13.3 and everything works except bluetooth. Even suspend/wake which was broken for a while (perhaps still?) with Linux Mint Mate, is now working again with Manjaro 17.05.
The Wifi-N in my G50-45 is Realtek RTL8723be. Not great but seems more stable now in these later distro's n kernels. They are not light though and the screen quality and battery life are not comparable to modern machines.

A decent inexpensive (~US$300) modern and light machine with respectable battery life... that I know works fairly well with recent distros/kernels is the Chinese made Jumper EZbook 3 Pro (version 4) with 7th gen Apollo-Lake Quad-core, 6GB RAM, 64GB eMMC, AC-wifi, and a FHD IPS Screen. Depending on the distro there may be a few install hurdles but in the end it's a good machine for little $. Dunno how durable or long lived it might be though. So Used or refurbs from "big name" brands, say Dell or Lenovo, might be better. Your choice.

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Old 09-29-2017, 11:52 AM   #12
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was suprise not to find anything I could use
So adapt a little, and overcome. Site listings like you want take a bit to set up and not all are tailored to personal tastes. A lot of work required to document something like you want. Some have fallen to wayside I think.

Not current I think anymore is

https://www.google.com/search?q=+sit...w=1581&bih=714

Something I have used from time to time is

Link

Like others. I just buy used and adapt and overcome. From atom touchscreen 9 inch netbooks to corp. throwaways from them upgrading their gear. New stuff. Is kinda hit or miss depending on internal gear used to build it and you need to improve your searching from a list to some one taking out the time to personally share on what they did.

Good luck and Happy Trails, Rok
 
Old 09-29-2017, 12:00 PM   #13
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you need to improve your searching from a list to some one taking out the time to personally share on what they did.
Just a above link to show how to improve your searching results.
Just sub my url in the search box from murga linux dot com to the forum url of your choice for the distro of your choice.
 
Old 10-01-2017, 06:14 AM   #14
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Thanks for all your very helpful replies!
 
Old 10-01-2017, 07:54 AM   #15
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Hi All,

my personal experience: I bought a Lenovo Thinkpad X220 (earlier X230 would fit better) for 150 last year, used on ebay.
It has an intel i5, 4 GB of RAM and 320 GB HD a valid graphic video card (intel) and gigabit ethernet card and good wi-fi up to n protocol.

I've added:
- a docking station for about 20 always on ebay (shipping costs included)
- a new extended battery for another 30
- upgraded RAM (up to 8 GB - max supported 16 GB -- unofficial --) for 45

So , for about a 250 got a very handful, powerful and reliable (used) laptop.
I choose a Thinkpad because it is very widespread on market and there are a lot of spare parts.

Currently I'm using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and every works as a flavour!

Hope this helps!
MCD555
 
  


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