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Old 12-16-2017, 07:26 AM   #16
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I'd be tempted to say that the brand doesn't matter -- it's the model and how well that's put together that matters both in terms of part selection and build quality and that also depends upon price. For example, I've a cheap Acer an a cheap ASUS laptop and, by and large, they're as well and badly built and specced as each other and baring the Bluetooth not working on this Acer (ASUS doesn't have Bluetooth) both work fine with Linux and I have no complaints for the price.
As far as more expensive go I use both an HP Elitebook and a Dell (don't recall model) of similar year and specification and, again, both are pretty well matched. They're both of far better build quality and processor/RAM etc. specifications than my two cheap laptops. I can't vouch for their Linux support though as they both run Windows.
So, the best laptop is the one which costs the price you're willing to pay, gets good reviews for build quality, has the specifications you need and then checks out for Linux compatibility on the wireless, Bluetooth and whatever else you need.
Don't get me wrong, you probably can't go too far wrong going Dell or HP but anyone who tells you there's a "best laptop for Linux" is wrong because it is not that simple and never will be. You're effectively asking "What's the best road vehicle?".
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I've had good luck with Dell, IBM, and HP. Bring your laptop up on a live cd/dvd, see if everything works, then install. Very old laptops may need lighter installs. I think any laptop can run some linux distro...


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