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Whats a Good Quality Laptop to Run LINUX?

closest thread to laptops... U_U i know. N00B.. but I NEED it to run linux w/out BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH

But I'm looking to get a new laptop for my LINUX programming/ OS. [I will be running Dual OS, so far.]

I don't know what IS a "GOOD" laptop. there are so many mixed reviews so Im looking to the programmers for opinions since I will be doing the same thing, typically, using linux for programming.

Dell? Toshiba? Compaq? Alienware? [I thinks its overpriced, M0Ding is cheaper,] [I stay away from MACs cuz I want to swap parts myself and upgrade hassle free]

SINCE I'm M0dding it myself, I'm getting JUST the basics. So Other than the MOTHERBOARD, what should I fully upgrade that I cant do myself by going into like a best buy and buying the parts myself?

By Good I mean long battery life, Durability, functionality, internal parts wont be wonky...

I'd Appreciate all the help I can get THX!


  • Goineasy9Goineasy9 Posts: 1,116
    I have fedora running on a Dell Studio 17 and a Dell XPS 13 flawlessly, but, I'm sure there are many others who have similar experiences with other brands.
    There is a running thread on the fedora forum that was started in 2006 called "laptops running fedora" start at the end and work backwards if you want to see what laptop models work on modern day Linux.

    Sorry, just noticed the link didn't get included:
  • OH SWEET! Thank You for the post!
  • woboylewoboyle Posts: 501
    I have been running Ubuntu on a number of different laptops for about 4 years without problems. I have 9.04 on 2 Dell laptops, 1 Inspirion and 1 Lattitude, as well as 10.04 on a Toshiba netbook. You might want to check out www.zareason.com for a company that sells ONLY linux systems (laptops, netbooks, workstations, and servers). They guarantee that the hardware will work without any problems. Nice folks too.
  • I have Linux Mint running on a dell Inspiron 1545 and it's awesome :D the only thing is that the wireless NIC compatibility is a little tricky... But the rest of the hardware rocks!
  • marcmarc Posts: 647
    Lenovo (thinkpad serieis) are usually known as very linux friendly....
  • woboylewoboyle Posts: 501
    See this site for a nice series of laptops and netbooks that come pre-loaded with any of several Linux distributions. All are guaranteed to work out-of-the-box. In fact, the company ONLY makes Linux systems.

  • gomergomer Posts: 158
    the list at http://www.linux-laptop.net/ can be a little daunting, but it's a testamant to how well Linux had been adapted to running on laptops.

    On a side note, I surrent run Linux on an Asus Aspire One, a Dell D830 (at work), and an HP TX1000, all without trouble.

    Also, in case you were not aware, Dell does sell, on their website, some of their laptop models w/ Ubuntu pre-installed. If you want to avoid a big retail outfit like for what ever reason, another *great* company is system 75. They write custom drivers for the hardware in their laptops that is not well supported by the kernel, and provide commercial grade support for their laptops and drivers, and their prices are comparable to some of the bigger manufacturers.
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