[ubuntu-uk] buying a laptop?
yorvik.ubunto at googlemail.com
Mon Jan 17 13:41:00 UTC 2011
On Mon, 17 Jan 2011 13:08:23 +0000
alan c <aeclist at candt.waitrose.com> wrote:
> On 17/01/11 09:53, Barry Drake wrote:
> > On Mon, 2011-01-17 at 09:29 +0000, Scrase, Eddie wrote:
> >> Although I haven't bought a laptop from them, from past experience I can
> >> recommend the Linux emporium (linuxemporium.co.uk).
> > I've heard very good reports about them, but looking at their website, I
> > thought they were a tad expensive. Is their stuff higher spec than your
> > average Computer World items?
> I priced them - for my type of mid/low range laptop, as about 50
> pounds above the best I could get elsewhere. I still used them for
> three laptops for friends who wanted a retail purchase. For me, it
> would have been an extra price I was happy to pay to support an
> excellent business to support the beliefs I hold. I would dislike to
> pay a 50 pound 'donation' to a large software company for an OS I did
> not want to be associated with, even if the price overall was lower.
> The retail experience of my friends was unsurpassed. One mentioned
> poor eyesight, and Emporium installed also, by arrangement, Vibuntu
> (for poor sight), no charge. One of the video aspects of Vibuntu gave
> trouble at installation of vibuntu and they sorted that anyway. The
> other two friends used the phone support during the warranty. One
> needed serious work. It sounded like the file system had got bad, not
> sure. The user was a novice and was using a usb internet dongle and I
> guess that there were problems from intermittent connections,
> including with updates, but I am guessing. All problems were sorted
> When the time came for me to take over support as a friend, Emporium
> answered questions about their machines and gave detailed advice, and
> offered more, about how to upgrade versions etc.
> That is a pretty good 50 pounds worth! And of course, they (and I) had
> the knowledge that Ubuntu and webcam and all, would -work-.
This is the reason I tend to use a couple of local shops. Although slightly pricier than online or the likes of PC World, I actually get customer service.
I'm surprised http://www.system76.com/ haven't been mentioned, unless I've missed it .
Steve Cook (Yorvyk)
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