Laptop for Linux

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  • Fab4 31 Jul 2012 09:03:29 7,114 posts
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    Can anyone recommend a decently powered laptop that doesnt have any problem with installing Linux (preferably a Debian-based distribution such as Ubuntu). Doesnt have to bells and whistles, but a decent screen resolution would be appreciated.

  • chopsen 31 Jul 2012 10:13:29 17,690 posts
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  • Blerk Moderator 31 Jul 2012 10:29:00 48,224 posts
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    I don't think I've ever had any issues running Linux on a laptop aside from really old ones. And even then it was usually just bit of grief getting it to recognise a weird/obsolete/cheap piece of hardware (wireless card, usually).
  • figgis 31 Jul 2012 18:58:02 7,484 posts
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    Mint is a piece of pass to set up on an old laptop.
  • WoodenSpoon 30 Dec 2012 17:48:37 12,329 posts
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    I'm going to try installing Mint on this old laptop I've got, partly out of curiosity and partly because I don't want to pay for Windows.

    I'm putting an SSD in there as well - will this complicate things?
  • dominalien 30 Dec 2012 17:59:38 7,777 posts
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    No, just make sure trim is enabled, if your SSD supports it. Plenty of guides if you look for it. It'll work without it, of course, but it's not a good idea long-term.

    Edited by dominalien at 18:00:10 30-12-2012
  • Deleted user 29 September 2013 18:32:37
    So just how well will Ubunto run on my AMD A4 (1250 (1.0ghz), 4gb Ram laptop? Because Windows is just awful. It has always been awful and they have somehow, miraculously, beyond all expectations, made it fucking worse with Windows 8. I just want a basic and usable UI?
  • Deleted user 29 September 2013 18:45:07
    Ubuntu's crap nowadays. Horrible and bloated. Go for Mint instead.
  • Deleted user 29 September 2013 18:56:01
    I've not even heard of Mint before.
  • senso-ji 29 Sep 2013 19:16:11 6,647 posts
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    If you want an Ubuntu based distro without all the bloatware, then SolydXK or Elementary OS are pretty good.

    Edited by senso-ji at 19:20:07 29-09-2013
  • dominalien 30 Sep 2013 18:10:24 7,777 posts
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    I sort of fell in love with Gnome 3 recently and I think Ubuntu Gnome is pretty decent. I do have powerful computers, though. I'm not a fan of Mint; it has too many paper cuts and every time I install it to check it out, I find stock Ubuntu (or a flavour) beats it by just enough for me not to keep it.
  • Ginger 30 Sep 2013 18:32:11 7,087 posts
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    In terms of hardware, I run mint 15 on an i5 Lenovo x201. Nothing special by any stretch, but handles it fine

    I've been trying out elementary and I think I'm going to switch but I'm a bit of a distro hopper.
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