Message from discussion Best laptop brand for Linux.
From: Stefan Patric <n...@this.address.com>
Subject: Re: Best laptop brand for Linux.
Date: Sun, 28 Nov 2010 17:36:57 +0000 (UTC)
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On Sat, 27 Nov 2010 23:47:25 -0800, TheGunslinger wrote:
> On Fri, 23 Jul 2010 05:00:19 -0700 (PDT), MarkQ <mark...@gmail.com>
>>I'm considering purchasing a laptop to run Linux (by prefer Ubuntu or
>>openSuse) on it, but I do not know what brand to choose. I intend to run
>>basic applications (internet, office, TeX, multimedia playback, home
>>networking, ...) and VirtualBox, but NO gaming. I've searched on the
>>but unfortunately my searches did not yield consistent recommendations
>>('best buy'). Candidates seem to be Dell and Lenovo. My preference goes
>>to laptop brands which are fully Linux Certified (allowing to run Linux
>>out of the box).
>>What laptop brand would you recommend me?
> I suspect reliability is probably the greatest concern. I usually buy a
> Toshiba for reliability issues. Typically, Toshiba is rated close to
> numero uno for customer satisfaction and reliability of hardware.
> As for what version of LINUX, I d/l'd Redhat RHEL 6.0 and let the
> installation program do all the work.
RHEL isn't free. The OP will have to pay for it unless he's a student.
Some universities have deals with Red Hat. If you want a free version,
then CentOS 6.0, which is created for RHEL 6.0 code under the Open Source
license, is the best bet. However, it won't be available for about
> Fedora is Redhat's OpenSource and testing distribution. AND free.
Fedora 14 was just release about 3 weeks ago. Most of the start up
glitches have been rectified, and it's running pretty smoothly.
Although, there are still a few problems hanging around. Fedora 13 is
quite stable now. Fedora 12, which I use, is a few days from End of Life
and will no longer be supported, but it is very stable even if it's
classified as a "testing" distro.
TO: The OP
Lenovo, Thinkpads, etc. have always been super compatible with any
version of Linux. I have a 10 year old Thinkpad 240X with a modern
version of Linux on it (Debian) and it works just fine.
These links may help with your decision.