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Old 11-09-2008, 04:27 PM   #1
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Question Thinking about getting a new laptop. Suggestions?

I know this has been asked before, but it's been a while, and the other threads I read had posts from people looking for something different, so here it goes again.

I'm planning on buying a laptop soon. I want to use it to replace my desktop, as my desktop is old, and slow now. However, I don't want some beast that'll be annoying to carry around. The screen should, ideally, be less than 15".

I intend to put Ubuntu 8.10 on it, so it should work well with that.

It should have at least 2 GB RAM, at least 120 GB hard drive. About a 2 GHz processor. I want a good graphics card: 3D hardware acceleration, should be able to handle any recent games. I'd like a Blu-ray player on it (do those work alright in Linux?), but DVD would be fine.

It should have built-in Wi-fi (at least G), and Bluetooth.

That should be about it.

It would be nice to find something like that with Linux pre-installed, failing that, one with nothing installed. Of course, I can just remove Windows, if it has that. I just don't want to pay the Microsoft tax.
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Maybe check for experiences?
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Well I have an HP dv6000 but the screen is bigger than you want. It is light weight though and Linux runs quite well on it.
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you can also look at the Linux Laptop resources..

Dell Sells notebooks with Ubuntu pre-installed.. so if you want something that is guaranteed to work, you could take a look.

If you shop around you can find notebooks with ATi or nVidia graphics controllers, which would be a good idea if you plan on gaming with the machine. I don't know how well the new intel graphics chipsets perform for 3D Gaming..

There are quite a few other resellers that supply laptops with Linux..

Sager Linux Forum

Most of these are reselling other manufacturers equipment and pre-loading Linux on it. so you may be able to identify the original notebook if you wish to order directly and reload yourself.


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