Massive List of Laptops That Work With Ubuntu 02/23/08
I’ve been in the market for some time, looking for a quality laptop that I can install Ubuntu on (in other words Linux Ubuntu compatible) and tweak as I need. Unfortunately, I don’t find much information that shows me which makes and models work… and nobody has offered me a test model that I can write a review about, yet.
System76.com comes to mind as a premier provider. However, (for me) there are a couple of drawbacks:
The biggest issue is that they don’t seem to offer 17″ laptops. (I really don’t know why because 17″ units have been out for at least 3-4 years now?). At the time I emailed them, asking when they might have 17″ models, the sales representative who responded didn’t seem very interested and simply indicated they don’t have them, nor expect them in the near future. Bummer… too bad for me.
At least LinuxCertified has a 17″ incher: http://www.linuxcertified.com/linux-laptop-lc2520dc.html
(But the hard drive is too small – 80GB – With no option, that I could read, to increase the size. The CPU was a little slow as I also want to use some heavier graphic applications among other things).
The second issue was the price. After exaustive research, some individuals had posted information about who the manufacturers of the laptops were. At which point I found out I could purchase them cheaper (shipping was cheaper too) from the manufacturer (but I need to find a dealer that will sell one without Windows on it – Because I’m not a business that can purchase units direct from a manufacturer).
Don’t get me wrong other than the two points above, I think System76 are tops.
After a little more googling, I found a page for the Ubuntu Laptop Testing Team. This resource is incredible because it provides Make and Models of laptops and then tells you which Ubuntu releases have been tested on them, and the results. There’s a section for “Canonical Supplied Laptops Tests”, “Community Supplied Laptop Tests”, an “Unmaintained” list (that requests more testing). At the bottom of the page is a massive list of Laptops, click the link, get taken to the info.
This (for me at least) makes the buying process much simpler. Interested in a specific model? Now all I have to do is visit the link! And… before I forget to copy & paste the URL, here it is: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LaptopTestingTeam
Also, if your laptop works with Ubuntu, you can report that here: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LaptopTesting
Update 1: This link was sent, http://webapps.ubuntu.com/certification/list/?category=Laptop
Update 2: Here’s another really good one: http://www.linux-laptop.net/