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Old 11-07-2017, 06:10 PM   #1
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Question Looking for a compatible laptop to run Linux Mint


I just loaded Mint (32-bit) on an old Dell laptop and I'm liking what I see, but I'm not seeing it fast enough. So I'm looking to upgrade. This is my first experience with linux.
Have done some research, but find most reviews on line to seem biased. I'm not a developer but would like to invest in a laptop which comes with all compatible components so the installation of Mint is plug and play.
I'm looking for a system with:
Intel I7 processor
8gb or 16gb memory
256gb SSD (or better) storage
wireless access
USB ports
I don't need touchscreen, optical drive, Windows. Pretty well ruled out Dell from personal experience and reviews I've read.
Suggestions based on personal experience would be appreciated.
TIA
 
Old 11-07-2017, 07:02 PM   #2
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Well, you won't like it, but I love Dell from my personal experience. I have 6 laptops and all are Dell.
 
Old 11-07-2017, 07:11 PM   #3
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Just pick a good brand and check compatibility before you actually buy.

Currently I own an older Asus N73S with a 4-core i7. Fully compatible, glssy screen (yikes!) blazing fast and battery life expressed in minutes. Weighs a ton.

Last year I bought a Dell Inspiron 5759 in case the Asus suddenly stops. 2-cores i7. It was crap when it still ran windows. It is a wonderful machine running Linux. Fully compatible. Graphics is fast enough. Good battery life. Can be carried around.

The Dell is somewhat slower than the 5 year old Asus. But still extremely smooth.

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Old 11-07-2017, 09:45 PM   #4
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Intel inside generally works very nicely with Linux. Broadcom and Realtek wireless can be problematical. You can usually get them running, but it commonly takes some extra steps. NVidia graphics can also be an issue. Most Linux users I know try to avoid it unless they are gamers.

Good luck finding a machine without an optical drive, and I would counsel against looking for one. It's possible you might have to boot from a Live CD sometime to do maintenance when an external drive isn't available.

I have to say, I've owned a number of Dells over the years and gotten my money's worth from every one of them. I think there were a couple of years when they were having some quality control issues, but I think they solved them. A web search for "Dell quality control issues" will turn up some links.
 
Old 11-08-2017, 04:50 AM   #5
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placerstreet,

Welcome to LQ.

This HP UK model (X0Q13EA) meets most of your requirements:

https://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/hp-c...ea/version.asp

Support for the following WLAN formats:

Broadcom BCM43142 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi + BT4.0 Combo Adapter

Realtek RTL8188EE-VJ 802.11b/g/n

Use Google to see if there any special problems with the above wifi. Some tinkering may be needed, but hopefully they should still work in Linux.

Product info:

https://cdn.cnetcontent.com/ee/97/ee...28f44bf4d0.pdf

There must be similar HP models available locally.

My experience of HP laptops with Intel hardware has been good for both Linux and Windows.

I use Linux Mint MATE 64 bit.

You can always replace the optical drive slot with an additional SSD (backup?) via an adaptor:

https://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index...age=page&id=50

Last edited by beachboy2; 11-08-2017 at 05:38 AM.
 
Old 11-08-2017, 09:35 AM   #6
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Welcome aboard, great question!

Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu, so any computer that runs Ubuntu well should also be compatible with Mint.

Here is a list of laptops that are 100% certified to run Ubuntu: https://certification.ubuntu.com/desktop/

I know you said "no Dell" but take a minute and check out the Precision Mobile Workstations in the Dell Business store. These are reliable, high-end machines that come with the option of Ubuntu factory preinstalled (at a savings of $100 vs Windows). You could then install a different distribution, such as Mint, if you choose.

Another brand that is frequently mentioned as Linux-friendly is Lenovo, specifically the ThinkPad lineup.
 
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Old 11-08-2017, 04:32 PM   #7
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Thank you for your suggestions on this matter of hardware. Perhaps you might help me with a distribution question about Mint.
Yesterday i clicked on a link I found on this site. I was curious because it stated that ubuntu is spyware. The utube video made a pretty convincing case. Assuming that is all true, would it follow that any distribution based on ubuntu would necessarily be spyware as well?
Please excuse my ignorance. One of the reasons I'm interested in linux is privacy.
 
Old 11-08-2017, 07:42 PM   #8
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Distro's have target audiences and hardware. Mint and to a lesser degree Ubuntu have many many programs usually by default.

If you want to be secure then consider one that has been designed to be secure maybe.

No selection would be complete unless you learned and used as many best practices as you can.
 
Old 11-09-2017, 09:43 AM   #9
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Quote:
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Thank you for your suggestions on this matter of hardware. Perhaps you might help me with a distribution question about Mint.
Yesterday i clicked on a link I found on this site. I was curious because it stated that ubuntu is spyware. The utube video made a pretty convincing case. Assuming that is all true, would it follow that any distribution based on ubuntu would necessarily be spyware as well?
Please excuse my ignorance. One of the reasons I'm interested in linux is privacy.
It's impossible for us to discuss this Youtube video with you, because you didn't include the link!

Perhaps it was a few years old video discussing the relationship at that time between Canonical (makers of Ubuntu) and Amazon.com? Just a wild guess.

My understanding is that Mint does not share search results with Amazon.
 
  


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