Ubuntu Laptop System

Mark C. Miller mr.mcmiller at gmail.com
Thu Feb 11 16:33:18 UTC 2010

On Wed, 10 Feb 2010 16:12:42 -0600, John Graddy wrote:

> I have finally committed to buying a notebook computer.  My criteria is
> that the system MUST run Ubuntu "out of the box".  I prefer Ubuntu 9.10,
> but would settle for 9.04.  It must also run Windows (temporarily).  I
> will want to delete Windows 7 and dedicate the full disk to Ubuntu in
> the near future.  I also currently have a wireless-n router(linksys)
> with three systems running Ubuntu 9.04 and 9.10.  The notebook MUST run
> with the Linksys router.
> Any suggestions as to what Notebook computer would be most appropriate
> would be greatly appreciated.
> I have considered purchasing a System76, Inc. or Linus Certified, Inc.
> computer and temporarily adding Windows XP.  System76 provides
> instructions for, (but doesn't encourage), adding Windows to one of
> their systems.  Would that be my best option?
> I have researched notebooks for a couple of days and have been unable to
> arrive at any solid conclusions.

I have the system76 Starling netbook.  It indeed works right out of the 
box.  I can verify that it works with my linksys 8-port router.  I didn't 
mess with the Windows options, but it does come with a disk that says 
something about windows. System76 runs a forum on the Ubuntu forum:


One of their techies (thomas aaron) hangs out there and answers all 
questions in a very timely manner.  He, and that community, really helped 
me make up my mind.  There was a slight hiccup when 9.10 came out 
(wireless went funky), but that is all better now.

There are several threads in the forum specifically about making your 
decision on a netbook.  Lots of input there.

Hope this helps.

> Thanks in advance,
> John

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