Keith C. Perry on 19 Feb 2017 19:59:12 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Laptop recommendations

I tend to be partial to HP hardware for laptops but my current primary unit is a ASUS Zenbook.  As you know, laptops tend to have quirks and so with that in mind, I would rate it 3.5 / 5.  There are some annoyances with it (keyboard shortcuts for the screen backlight do not work so you have to adjust it via the battery indicator however, the keyboard backlight controls do work) but I'm happy with it overall.  If you like touchscreens, that also works well.  The most irritating thing about the unit is not actually with the unit but with the power supply.  ASUS gives you this brick that is almost impossible to plug into any power strip that doesn't have a socket or more of clearance.  It is the stupidest thing I have ever seen for a laptop power supply so you will most likely need to keep an extension cord handy or get an aftermarket power supply.

I'm running Kubuntu and an update a couple of months ago be make the sleep function unstable (e.g. sometime you can't wake the unit back up from sleep- in recent weeks this seems to have gotten better) but that one has always been a common issue I see so it doesn't bother me because I have a way to work around it and eventually it does away as drivers catch up.  This could be a deal breaker for some people.

Good luck in your search.

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From: "Doug Stewart" <>
To: "Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion List" <>
Sent: Sunday, February 19, 2017 10:28:59 PM
Subject: Re: [PLUG] Laptop recommendations

I too am in the market for a laptop now that I'm changing to a new job and have to send the MacBook Pro back. I'm frankly fed up with Mac OS and am looking to get something I can dual boot with Win10 (you know, for games!) and preferably a RHEL derivative. 

I've looked at the Asus Republic of Gamers series but can't seem to find any info on Linux compatibility. Anyone have recommendations in those respects? 

Doug Stewart

> On Feb 19, 2017, at 10:47 AM, Thomas Delrue <> wrote:
> Hey all,
> A friend of mine is looking to buy a new laptop(*) with a budget of
> roughly 1000-1200 USD. Obviously, this device will run
> $YOUR_FAVORITE_DISTRO Linux. It's purpose is not to do heavy computing
> but mostly use it for what your grandma would use it for: i.e. browsing,
> listening to music, some minor photo editing and -but this is
> aspirational- maybe some video editing.
> What are the recommendations for laptops these days and what are some
> common pitfalls that could prevent putting Linux on it?
> We've looked at System76 and I think he's looked at those offered by
> Costco but he was underwhelmed by all of them.
> (*) chromebooks are not an option
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