Ubuntu Laptop Suggestion

Richard Mancusi vrman49 at gmail.com
Fri Jun 5 17:52:53 UTC 2009

On Fri, Jun 5, 2009 at 12:31, Bill Moseley <moseley at hank.org> wrote:

> This is a bit off topic, but a sixth grader from my kid's school asked
> for recommendations for a laptop.  He says he's saved up about $400[2]
> (we are in the US) and wants to learn Linux and programming.
> My Linux laptops have always been Thinkpads, but that's out of his
> price range.
> <snip>
> Also, my Thinkpads have always had plenty of power -- so I don't have
> experience with low-end laptops.  For example, most the low price
> units are Celeron 2.16GHz machines[1] so I wonder if things like
> compiz will even run.
> Sorry, I'm not that up on hardware.
> Thanks,
> [1] Some examples:
> http://www.dell.com/content/topics/segtopic.aspx/linux_3x?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs
> http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=AS5335-2238-R&cat=NBB&cpc=NBBbsc
> [2] He seems to have saved more than most Americans. ;)
> --
> Bill Moseley
> moseley at hank.org
> Sent from my iMutt
Perhaps you can use your Thinkpad knowledge and select a IBM
factory refurb w/war.  Looks like they have some with plenty of
power (some cases you will need to increase the RAM) and in
your price range.  I have had very good luck buying from them.
Just watch for the ones that are clearly marked "blemish".


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