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Old 10-23-2019, 03:20 AM   #16
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Morning.

Thank you everyone for the recommendations. I'll do some research on them.
 
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Old 10-23-2019, 07:39 AM   #17
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I use an Acer Aspire E14 E5-475-37MN laptop. It has Slackware64-current and Alien Bob's ktown installed on it. Works perfectly.
 
Old 10-23-2019, 07:58 AM   #18
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I'm also going to cast my vote for Dell Latitudes. My main laptop is a Dell Latitude E7270, and it's the best laptop I've owned. I run Slackware -current on it with no issues and it's very fast. Built quality is sturdy, the keyboard is comfortable, battery life is long and it looks good. Very nice machine. Do bear in mind that if you're going to be using a machine with an nVME drive you'll want to run -current, since the installer has support for nVME, whereas 14.2's installer does not.
 
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Old 10-23-2019, 04:13 PM   #19
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I second the choice for Dell. Personally, I went for user-grade Inspiron 13&15 models, carefully looked after the ones preloaded with Ubuntu and always got lucky with Intel WiFi&BT adapters. The new business-class Latitudes are way too expensive for what they offer (better plastic case...).
I'm only running on Intel and based on power/performance/thermal I'd suggest to choose a platform including & above the fourth-generation core (Haswell):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_Haswell
 
Old 10-23-2019, 05:09 PM   #20
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If your going to code a lot and use the laptops keyboard then you need to feel the keyboard before you buy anything.
If you use an docking station than it might not be that important.
Many laptops support linux i use an cheap Acer a315-41 with AMD Ryzen 2500U and everything works with Slackware current but i wouldn't want to do full time coding with it's keyboard.
I used Thinkpads, Dell and so on in the past where i preferred the thinkpad over dell back than it's not representative for the ones at sale right now.
I think you should find a laptop that suits you and then check if it's fully supported in linux.
When a laptop is widely used as a workstation then you need to find one that you can work with for the coming year(s).
You really should spec what's important like if you need to be able to work on battery for 8-10h with much compiling or you need to be able to replace the battery and so on.
Shoutout for this or that like thinkpad and dell doesn't mean anything you need to find one that suits all your needs since everyone has their own workload it needs to be able to handle.
 
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Old 10-23-2019, 05:30 PM   #21
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If your going to code a lot and use the laptops keyboard then you need to feel the keyboard before you buy anything.
I'll second this statement. Try out the keyboard, they don't all have the same tactile feedback and that can make using the computer frustrating.

Here in Canada it seems that most laptops you can get in store have the left shift cut in half and a second backslash key between the shift and z keys. This is an instant "no buy" for me, since I end up hitting that backslash instead of shift when touch typing. It doesn't matter how good the specs are, if I don't like using the keyboard its not an option. I ended up ordering my XPS from the US since the Canadian models all had that key there and the American ones didn't.
 
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Old 10-23-2019, 05:37 PM   #22
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Using a Dell Inspiron 15 5570 since a month. Everything worked out of the box with Slackware64-current, save for the SSD drive which was NVMe and I had to configure it as AHCI in the BIOS.

Even the keyboard backlight works as intended

I have it on dual boot with Windows 10 and GRUB handles that very well.

Intel wireless and graphics, although there are versions with NVIDIA and AMD graphic cards.

CONS: screen, keyboard and sound quality could be much better. One can live with them, though, so it's not a deal breaker.

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Old 10-23-2019, 06:30 PM   #23
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sound quality could be much better.
Maybe I can try to help with this one - it may be worth checking out my thread on getting qpaeq to work with -current?

https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...nt-4175651731/
 
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Old 10-23-2019, 10:46 PM   #24
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Maybe I can try to help with this one - it may be worth checking out my thread on getting qpaeq to work with -current?

https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...nt-4175651731/
Thanks! Now I got the equalizer to work!
 
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Old 10-24-2019, 07:18 AM   #25
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Due to work reasons, I've spent the last couple of years predominantly using other operating systems. I must say I rarely booted into linux.
One of the laptops that still had an installation of Slackware has died on me. Looks like I'll be back to doing some coding, which'll let me spend more time in linux.
Can you recommend a laptop with a good hardware support for the latest Slackware?

I remember in the past lots of people were swearing by Thinkpads T40s, which I could probably live with in 2019 if not for a battery life.

Any recommendations of more modern laptos with out-of-the-box hardware support?

Thank you
How about trying one from https://tuxedocomputers.com?

Other than that I know that Acer delivers computers without windows and GNU/Linux pre-installed, which pretty much proves support.

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Old 10-24-2019, 09:06 AM   #26
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I was going to list all of the brands of laptop I have successfully used various Linux distros on over the years, but realized that they all have worked perfectly well. In fact, contrary to popular belief, I have found hardware compatibility for both new and old devices is much better in Linux than Windows (W10 at least). Every single device I own works on Linux - headsets, game controllers, microphones, external Blu-ray, USB drives of various types... etc. Some of these worked in Windows 7 but not 10. It seems that things have changed a lot - it is almost a better question to ask if a laptop works with Windows 10 - my work Dell has serious compatibility issues with the laptop and Windows 10 (which came pre-installed). It needs a new motherboard apparently - this was as dodgy batch that does not like Windows 10... Or they offered a Macbook, but I cannot have that until next year.
 
Old 10-24-2019, 09:33 AM   #27
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I see you are in London, UK. I recently bought a 14" Lafite 3 from PC Specialists: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/laptops/

It appears to be a Clevo N141ZU, and you can specify it to suit your needs.

Initially, I had some problems installing Slacware64-current as it hung as soon as the initrd launched on the USB installer. However, I was able to install Eric's wonderful Slackware-live to the HD, and then point slackpkg+ at the Slackware and plasma5 repositories and "upgrade" it to full Slackware64-current, which it runs nicely.

Hopefully, the installer is now fixed - or will be soon! But if not, this is a good workaround.

I went for this model as I could specify how I wanted it, not how a major manufacturer felt I should want it. I do a fair bit of video editing work, so a screen with good NTSC colour compatibility is useful.

Aside from the slight hiccup with the Slackware installer, I'm very happy with it.

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Old 10-24-2019, 11:39 AM   #28
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If you will be developing programs of any size, you may want to consider a high-end desktop.

The HEDT market has become very competitive. A few kilobucks can now buy a HEDT with 16 or more CPU cores. This matters when compiling large programs and running compute-intensive programs.
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Old 10-24-2019, 03:16 PM   #29
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I've found my Thinkpad T400 to be excellent. I upgraded it to 8Gb RAM and an SSD. However, it is starting to struggle noticably with Firefox so realistically I'd suggest something newer.
 
Old 10-24-2019, 07:19 PM   #30
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I see you are in London, UK. I recently bought a 14" Lafite 3 from PC Specialists: https://www.pcspecialist.co.uk/laptops/
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Those are great value - then I said I did not want Windows 10 and it took over 100 off the price! I wish I needed a new one, but have 2 older laptops that are still flying with Linux (darn its non-bloat and consistent performance over time!).
 
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