[ubuntu-uk] Ubuntu compatible laptops for under £400

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Wed Jul 23 21:02:42 BST 2008

Rob Beard wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I'm on the lookout for a laptop for work which I can dual boot with 
> Vista & Ubuntu.  I'm not fussed if it's an AMD or Intel based laptop but 
> I would like something with at least 1GB memory, an 80GB or higher hard 
> drive and a dual core CPU.
> I just wondered if anyone could suggest such a laptop?
> I was looking at the eSystem notebook at £279 from PC World with the 13" 
> screen but unfortunately it's not very well supported on Ubuntu.
> Other options I was thinking of was the Acer Aspire 2920 with a 12.1" 
> screen or some of the HP Turion based notebooks at around £350.
> The most I can really afford is about £375 although I could stretch to 
> £400 if it's got a smaller screen (I'd really like something with a 12" 
> to 14" screen so it's easier to lug around) or a quicker CPU etc.
> Just wondered if anyone knew of anything around at the moment that would 
> come close?
> I did have a look at Novatech's site, they seem pretty good at £300 
> without an OS but I wasn't sure about the on board SIS video card and if 
> it is well supported or not on Linux? (in a case of a notebook without 
> OS, I could get an OEM copy of Vista separately).
> Unfortunately Vista is going to be a requirement as I have to support it 
>   at the sites I'm covering.

If you have one of their retail outlets near to you (or know somebody 
who is near to them) you could consider novatech

The big reason to keep them in mind generally is that they are unusual 
in pricing their PCs both with and without Windows. I bought my recent 
desktop from them, without OS, at least to support them.

In other ways they are a conventional Windows house, although one low 
end laptop was explicitly advertised  in their newslettera few months 
ago as 'Runs Ubuntu', and it caused a minor stir in news items.

Their few retail outlets are peaceful, organised places, not crowded 
because their main business is online, and it should be easy to get 
permission to run live CDs at least, for systematic tests there. It 
would also have the advantage that the staff would see ubuntu, as a 
potential sale, raise profile, etc etc etc.

just a thought.

Good luck
alan cocks
Kubuntu user#10391
Linux user #360648

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