[ubuntu-uk] Buying a computer suitable for Ubuntu

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Tue Aug 23 16:54:15 UTC 2011

On 23/08/11 15:01, Barry Drake wrote:
> On 23/08/11 11:12, David Jones wrote:
>> The website mentioned is probably http://nakedcomputers.org/
> Both pcspecialist and Novatech each have an active Linux forum in their 
> forums area, and they will supply barebones.  There's usually someone 
> (often a staff member) who will know what hardware is OK and what is 
> not.  However, a pcspecialist staff member told me that they will get in 
> a batch of laptops and they will be fine.  The next batch of the 
> identical model will suddenly have moved over to an unsupported chipset 
> for wifi or something else.  This is one reason laptops for Ubuntu are 
> not easy to source.
> Remember I mentioned Cougar-Extreme?  Patrick is a Linux friendly person 
> on their staff.  He is willing to source two makes of barebones 
> laptop/netbook.  Might be worth a phone-call?  He is also willing to 
> install Ubuntu to order on desktops, but will make a charge to cover 
> labour.  Might be worth asking if he could do the same for a laptop.  I 
> didn't ask that question.

I believe Elpa Tech
 ed at elpatech.co.uk  Ed Bernard
will be able to supply a Ubuntu pre installed PC, although they are
not really set up to offer ongoing (conventional retail) supprt for
the Ubuntu, you will need to get that from here for example.

Laptops are not so easy as desktops because they often have
proprietary items buried inside.

Novatech have a retail unit near to me and I have bought a couple of
desktops from them. However, as a company they are not interested in
anything but Windows and even in their Linux related forums it is very
hard indeed to get useful information. I am not impressed.

PC Specialist is more useful in some ways on its forums.
alan cocks
Ubuntu user

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