[ubuntu-uk] buying a laptop?

Alan Lord (News) alanslists at gmail.com
Mon Jan 17 09:00:00 UTC 2011

On 17/01/11 08:26, Andrés Muñiz Piniella wrote:
> Remember you can always claim your money back for not using windows!
> http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/6144782.stm

MS have made it much harder to do that since Windows 7. The wording of 
the EULA was changed.

We have bought laptops and I've built desktops/low-power servers from 
various suppliers with little or no hardware issues.

Novatech sell *every* computer they do without an OS. They let you chose 
during the ordering process. Here's their laptop list: 

Around 6 months ago we bought some Samsung laptops from Amazon (at the 
time Novatech didn't have any Core i series laptops in stock) which have 
worked fine with Ubuntu apart from one issue with the VGA output that 
causes flickering (HDMI/DVI is fine though)

There's a bug on Launchpad and upstream and it looks like from a recent 
comment there's a patch been suggested to fix it - 

The main point is, that *most* hardware, apart from real bleeding edge 
stuff will probably work just fine. And after a few months the bleeding 
edge will be sorted too.



> 55quid is not bad.
> As barry sugested linuxemporium doesn't seem like a bad option:
> http://www.linuxemporium.co.uk/hardware/hardware-laptops.html
> I use dell at work but they are windows machines so I can't judge.
> **************************************************************
>  > 4. It's hard to find no OS or Ubuntu pre-loaded. Yes, you may have to
>  > take the copy of Windows that comes with it, but I doubt you'll find a
>  > _laptop_ that's cheaper without Windows, whatever you think of the
>  > retail price of the OS. You can always get the install disc and load it
>  > as a VM in Virtualbox.
> As I said, Dell supply the Inspiron 15R pre-loaded with Ubuntu.  And you
> aren't expected to pay for a licence for an OS you'll never use.  In the
> UK, ElpaTech http://www.elpatech.co.uk/ offer a range of PC's
> pre-installed with Ubuntu and the prices are really good.  Unfortunately
> they don't sell laptops, but I think the proprietor, Ed Barnard might
> help you source one.  He's an Ubuntumaniac.  Ed - are you out there?
> Help.
> Regards,                Barry Drake.
> --
> What do you see when you use your Computer? Same old thing?
> ...There IS a Better Way!  Ubuntu!
> --
> Andrés Muñiz-Piniella

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