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Ask Slashdot: Linux Laptops?

conner_bw (120497) writes | about 3 years ago

Linux 5

conner_bw (120497) writes "I'm an OSX user looking to switch to a Linux laptop. I like the Unix/BSD aspect of OSX. Simple things like when I close the lid the laptop goes to sleep, the sound card works out of the box, long battery life, minimum cooling fan noise, and a comprehensive but relatively straightforward backup system and "AppleCare" package are important to me. What all-inclusive model of laptop and distro would you recommend?"

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To my knowledge.... (1)

JTD121 (950855) | about 3 years ago | (#37810086)

The only OS/hardware maker that has all of that built-in, is Apple.

EEE Transformer (1)

wasabioss (1196799) | about 3 years ago | (#37810816)

I was searching for such a laptop for a while and I am finally happy with my ASUS Transformer. It's something like a Mac without OS X (meaning: everything works out of the box: Video acceleration, power management, sound, wlan, whatever). Android isn't Linux but you can chroot a debian installation in there and have all the debian packages you want (heck I did even do embedded hardware development on there, msp-gcc works!). The screen is high-resolution enough so I can VNC to my computer whenever I want.

The battery is ridiculous. 16 hours. No heat as far as I know.They are trying to get a native Debian/Ubuntu on it but I don't know how far it went As far as I'm converned I'm totally happy with the chroot environment though.

Note that in order tochroot a deabian installation you need root access, but not all Transforers are rootable. Older ones do, newer ones don't.

-- Sent from my eee Transformer.

stick with Apple (2)

oxdas (2447598) | about 3 years ago | (#37811206)

Each operating system has its strengths and weaknesses. Given what is important to you in an operating system, it sounds like you would be better sticking with Apple. Don't get me wrong, I love Linux and use it on all my computers. Linux has its strengths over OSX and those are important to me, but out of the box operation and "Applecare" like services are not Linux strengths.

system76 (1)

daemonburrito (1026186) | about 3 years ago | (#37812414)

I've bought a couple laptops from them and have no complaints (besides my personal dislike for Unity). They test all their machines, and run their own repo for stuff not included in Ubuntu's official repos. Everything (lid, sound, battery life, fan etc) works perfectly. []

Re:system76 (1)

clong83 (1468431) | about 3 years ago | (#37813660)

Came in here to say this as well. I am typing this on a system 76 machine right now. Everything "worked" out of box, no complaints.
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