Jason Plum on 12 Oct 2016 09:05:17 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Linux laptop

I have a ThinkPad x260 (skylake) as a work laptop for GitLab, and almost everything has worked out of the box. I have not _yet_ tried it with Ubuntu, but considering it didn't take me more than a few hours to get it all up and running (including power management) on Arch, 16.04.1 / 16.10 of Ubuntu flavors should work. It's on the smaller, quite portable side, and with extended battery is still quite light with a very long battery life.

Jason Plum

On Wed, Oct 12, 2016 at 12:02 PM, Greg Helledy <gregsonh@gra-inc.com> wrote:
I don't know all the specs but a Dell Laptop might fit your needs.
Someone already mentioned the XPS 13 Developer Edition which comes with Ubuntu.  I think you'll find that things on Dells will tend to "just work" in linux.  I was looking for a small laptop and got an Inspiron 11 which has served me well so far and had zero install issues with MX (a Debian variant).

My recommendation, since they all come with Windows and backing up the restore partition doesn't work is this:
*buy the cheapest drive option you can get with the laptop
*buy the SSD you really want
*first thing when you get the laptop is take out the drive it came with and put it away for safekeeping, install linux on your SSD
*if you have a hardware issue while under warranty, swap them back

Greg Helledy
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