Ubuntu Laptop Buying Guide: Page 2

Selecting the best Ubuntu laptop for your needs requires understanding the market for Linux compatible laptops.
Posted November 3, 2014

Matt Hartley

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  • Linux Certified – One of my other favorites is a longtime vendor of all things Linux related. Linux Certified offers a decent selection of Ubuntu compatible laptops with support of other distributions as well. A bonus with this company is that they also offer awesome training as well.
  • ThinkPenguin – Definitely a good option if you want to use Ubuntu, but want to only use FoSS friendly drivers. This means Think Penguin also specializes in supporting GNU-friendly distros such as Trisquel. They're a solid option if you're prefer to buy your Ubuntu laptop using Bitcoin, too.

It should be noted that there are other vendors as well, however these are vendors I trust myself and feel good about recommending to Datamation readers. That said, there is also one unusual Ubuntu laptop worth mentioning. It's a bit pricey for the specs provided, but it's cool nonetheless:

  • SOL laptop – This is the world’s first Ubuntu laptop powered by the sun. It's thick, a bit lackluster with the specifications, but the SOL laptop offers those looking to go green with their Ubuntu experience a usable alternative to a standard wall-powered laptop.

Ubuntu Laptop and AMD/Intel

In this article, I've offered an honest roundup of my personal recommendations for purchasing your next Ubuntu compatible laptop. I stand by my recommendations in buying an Ubuntu pre-installed laptop over anything else. Simple fact is, if it's pre-installed with the OS of your choosing, you know it's compatible. However for the more adventurous among you, I've made some worthwhile suggestions to help you make your selections as well.

My final words to you on this will be as follows: avoid AMD graphics on laptops at all costs. They're going to give you ample grief and even if you do get it working correctly, you will be rolling the dice each time you upgrade your video drivers. Outside of that, think Intel – they offer the most reliable notebook experience bar none.

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