[ubuntu-uk] buying a laptop?
Alan Lord (News)
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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!
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:
> 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?
> 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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