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Ask Slashdot: Best Laptop With Decent Linux Graphics Support?

jcreus (2547928) writes | about 2 years ago

Graphics 4

jcreus (2547928) writes "After struggling for some years with Nvidia cards (the laptop from which I am writing this has two graphic cards, an Intel one and Nvidia one, and is a holy mess [I still haven't been able to use the Nvidia card]) and, encouraged by Torvalds' middle finger speech, I've decided to ditch Nvidia for something better. I am expecting to buy another laptop and, this time, I'd like to get it right from the start. It would be interesting if it had decent graphics support and, in general, were Linux friendly. While I know Dell has released a Ubuntu laptop, it's way off-budget. My plan is to install Ubuntu, Kubuntu (or even Debian), with dual boot unfortunately required. Thanks in advance, Slashdot!"

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System76 (1)

skade88 (1750548) | about 2 years ago | (#42203013)

Get a system76 laptop, it ships with Ubuntu and great hardware. []

Go with nvidia again (1)

JustNiz (692889) | about 2 years ago | (#42203293)

I've had nothing but pain-free motoring with nVidia GPUs under Linux. Its always been literally install the nvidia binary-blob driver and everything just works silky smooth.
I will say that my one experience with the nouveau driver was seriously bad. I just switched back to nVidia's proprietary one and all the problems went right away.

Each time I've ever tried to get ATI GPUs working under Linux its been an unholy mess. I will never buy a laptop with ATI graphics for that reason.

I can only presume you must be doing at least 1 of:
1) avoiding using nvidias own linux drivers
2) you have some really ancient (e.g. pre-geforce) or otherwise non-standard hardware
3) you or your hardware are (trying to) set up the system in a misguided way, like run sli mode using both an nvidia and an intel gpu.

Don't touch Nvidia Optimus. Ever. (1)

AliasMarlowe (1042386) | about 2 years ago | (#42205619)

Actually, it sounds more like the submitter is suffering from the quite modern Nvidia Optimus [] hardware. It's utterly appalling under Linux, and was one of the causes for Nvidia getting the finger from Linus. BTW, installing the binary blob Nvidia driver is a definite no-no (=display won't work), and Nvidia refuses to provide a driver which works under Linux. We have such a beast at home (Acer 8951G), and only the Intel graphics works properly. Installing Bumblebee [] helps, but requires manually launching apps in the high-graphics Nvidia mode.

Re:Don't touch Nvidia Optimus. Ever. (1)

JustNiz (692889) | about 2 years ago | (#42215191)

Interesting info, thanks for sharing. Will totally avoid optimus thanks for that.

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