Lowell Higley on 11 Oct 2016 21:23:17 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Linux laptop

If you don't mind previously loved laptops, try Dell refurbs... these are returned at the conclusion of a lease and cleaned up, resold.  I've bought them for the kids and they are great.. 3 out of 4 I've bought looked close to brand new. These come with Win 8 Pro preinstalled and are a previous generation but they have Ubuntu drivers (and Dell XS 13 repo) available.


Hint, if you follow @DellRefurbished on Twitter, they frequently tweet discount codes (anywhere from 30 to 50% off plus free shipping).

On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 12:11 AM, Lowell Higley <higleylh@gmail.com> wrote:
I bought the Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition.. comes with Ubuntu preloaded.  I love this laptop, very portable.  Not sure if it's 4K, though. 


Also about the same price as a macbook, I think.  I have no idea how much macbooks are, I don't buy anything that's in a walled garden.

On Tue, Oct 11, 2016 at 11:55 PM, Charlie Li <ml+PLUG@vishwin.info> wrote:
On 11/10/16 23:33, Paul Walker wrote:
> Well, please troll me for saying so, but I just can't justify the cost
> of a new macbook pro.
I can't either, especially when I can't stand its keyboard. Or how Apple
treats me like an infant who can barely walk and talk yet.
> But. Mine has finally shit the bed and I'm looking to replace it with a
> linux machine that meets the following criteria:
> durable case / body / ports- I ride my bike everywhere and bring my
> computer with  me
Amen. A MacBook I had used previously, issued by my high school,
couldn't exactly handle it too well without already looking beat up
after just under two years.
> 13" - 15" fhd - 4k screen
> 16gb ram
> 300+ gb ssd
> bluetooth
> will run latest ubuntu out of the box, or without too much hair pulling
I currently use a ThinkPad W550s with a 3K (2880x1620) screen, but is
now previous generation. The current ThinkPads in this category (and
screen size) are the P50 and P50s (there exists a P70 but that's 17
inches). Regardless, the Linux experience on this machine has been
pretty much painless with the exception of nvidia optimus (but that's a
given with any laptop equipped as such without being able to solely use
either card)… Even hibernation works as long as you set up your swap
partition properly.

This is the top-of-the-line ThinkPad model and is reflected in the cost.
However, you can spec them from the factory with exactly what you've
listed. The P-series are the only models that offer a proper 3K/4K
screen option and I highly recommend taking it. I think you know this,
once you go high-DPI, you're never going back to FHD or anything lower.

All ThinkPads come with a hardware maintenance manual, plus the entire
design is very conducive to regular maintenance and modifications. For
example, if the factory doesn't offer big enough storage, you can easily
swap it out.

Charlie Li
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