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Old 03-03-2017, 06:39 AM   #1
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Question Follow-up to original question about laptop compatibility

Anybody feel free to answer, but this question is kind of directed at Beachboy2 regarding his recommendation of the Dell E6320 and his suggestion to reach out and ask further questions. Couldn't figure out another way to do it other than this. Beachboy2 was right about finding some great prices on Dell at eBay. The E6320 is unfortunately only a 13 inch laptop. The first laptop I bought was a 14 inch and I was so unhappy with the size I immediately went out and bought a 15 inch. The question is; will the Linux compatibility of the E6320 also apply to the Dell Latitude E5530. It likewise has the integrated Intel graphics and has the Broadcom Wi-Fi. CPU is a Core i-5 3320, comes with 4 gigs of RAM expandable to 8, 500 gig HDD, 1366 x 768 graphics resolution.
As far as I can tell it's specs are essentially the same as the E6320 except that it is a 15 inch, has an optical drive and more USB ports.
I found what appears to be a very nice one on eBay for $239 with the extended battery, AC adapter, install disk, carry bag, looks like a really nice machine and I was just curious about the Linux compatibility. There are other less expensive ones but they're trashed, or up for bid and I would just as soon spend a few extra bucks and not short myself by going cheap.
On the topic of compatibility I was wondering about dual booting Mint and Ubuntu, as I'm not really sure which one I prefer. I haven't had enough time to use either one long enough to make up my mind.

As always thanks for the help,
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Old 03-03-2017, 07:02 AM   #2
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I was wondering about dual booting Mint and Ubuntu, as I'm not really sure which one I prefer. I haven't had enough time to use either one long enough to make up my mind.
Dual booting is fairly easy once the first os is installed.
It all depends on how much space you allocate to the partitions when you create them.

If you install Mint first and allow it to take over the whole drive than you would have to use gparted Live to shrink the Mint partition in order to have room for you Ubuntu installation.

-::-You can't resize a partition that is already mounted.-::-

OR> you could choose 'something else' during the install and tell the partition mgr that you want to manually create the partitions for Linux Mint yourself.
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Please post your thread in only one forum. Posting a single thread in the most relevant forum will make it easier for members to help you and will keep the discussion in one place.

While I realize your intentions were to ask about a different laptop, another thread discussion was started along the lines discussing a different model laptop and your original post here is duplicated in that other thread.

Therefore for those who find this question, they can see your other thread by this reference and should be able to offer guidance for this different laptop model you're examining.

I'm closing this thread as a duplicate in an effort to keep the recommendations for your question in a single place.

No harm done by you either.

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