Buying a new laptop for Ubuntu

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Wed Dec 9 19:35:22 UTC 2015

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On Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 9:34 AM, Kenneth Marcy <kmmos1 at> wrote:

> On 12/9/2015 7:47 AM, Douglas Pollard wrote:
> I am presntly using a 2005 Dell 6000 with Navagatrix installed in Lubuntu for Navagtion and Ham radio control. It's a great set up for that purpose. I want to dual boot using what I now have plus Ubuntu 15.10 Mate for doing Video and enternet use. I don't feel I can spend over $400. I likley will buy one with windows 10 installed then remove Windows and install my dual boot Ubuntu and am wanting a machine that has hardwre compatable with Linux drivers. I would say a couple megabites of memory and at least 250 megs maybe 500 of hard drive space. I don't need a touch screen and  14 inch one would be a handy size for use on a boat. I am 81 years old so this will likely be my last laptop.  Anybody have any sugestions?   Thanks, Doug
> Yes.  My suggestion is not to overlook refurbished equipment that may be
> one generation older, but stronger than comparably priced newer gear.  For
> example, today I see Walmart is offering a "Refurbished Dell Black 14"
> Latitude E6420 Laptop PC with Core i5-2520M Processor, 8GB Memory, 750GB
> Hard Drive and Windows 7 Professional" (that's their advertising
> headline).  As you may see from the specifications at the URL below, the
> Dell E6420 has a WiFi radio and a nice selection of ports, including a
> drive bay that can interchange a DVD drive, a floppy drive, or an extra
> battery.  Concerning batteries, my guess is that the existing one is not so
> new, and another backup battery is likely a good idea.  The screen on this
> one is only WXGA (1280 x 800), which is fine for most computing, but if
> you're looking for movie-quality graphics such as 1920 x 1080, you'll have
> to search further.  Walmart is asking $283.21 for the unit.
> Here's a URL to the advertisement I am mentioning:  *
> <> *
> I would not hesitate to add the 2-year care package onto the Walmart
> warranty, and a carrying case will come in handy right away.  The Case
> Logic brand has a pretty good selection, and seems to carry
> quite a few of them.  I don't know if a battery backup unit makes any sense
> on a boat, but it does on land, so here's a reminder for that safety
> device, too, if you don't already have one ready at hand.
> Well, that's all I have to write at the moment, except to kid you just a
> little about mentioning megabytes a couple of times.  That is so 1990s!
> Multiply by a thousand for modern memory levels, and even more for storage
> levels.  This machine could have its hard drive replaced with a one or two
> terabyte solid state drive, though that's beyond the budget limit you set.
> Whether you choose a refurbished or a new unit, best regards.
> Ken
> --
> I can second the suggestion to check out Wally World for refurbs.
We just replaced my wifes failing HP box with a Dell Optiplex [took the
optional warranty, cheap insurance for the price] from the WM refurb
program.  Picked it up at the store we had it shipped to and was up and
running the same evening.
Took it out of the box, hosed Win 10 and installed Ubuntu and no problems.
Wife happy = I'm happy.
Check eBay for used ssd drives.  There's no moving parts to wear out so
this is a very workable source for reliable components.
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