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[Dec. 18th, 2007|04:12 pm]
Listen in, listen Ian!
The great thing about team christmas lunches is that it's much later than usual when you get back from them. I seem to have only just got back, and it's ten past four already! Excellent! Because there are only two of my team, and my boss has gone to India for christmas now, I was invited to another team's lunch, and we went to Carluccio's. I had sea bass and lemon tart, and it was all lovely.

I finally got my laptop battery at the weekend, and it turns out that the problem wasn't just "needs a new battery". Tsk. This means I must have a new laptop urgently, because I can't really face the christmas journey home, and spending several days at home without some kind of computerised amusement for when things get too dull around the home. I don't need anything that can do anything high powered, just play DVDs and be on the interwebs. Ideally it will be something I can install Linux on with minimal fuss. Anyone got any sugegstions in the ~£400 or below region that I can just go out and buy after work one day this week?
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[User Picture]From: demiabeille
2007-12-18 04:30 pm (UTC)
There are loads of laptops aroung for £400 that would be fine. I have been looking for one for the parents. However, for a 17 inch screen you would have to go up to £500. 15 inch, you can get one for 3-400 easily with decent processor, 1 or 2GB ram and a big hard drive. I do not know anything about the shops on TCR, but these laptops are ten-a-penny in comet, currys and pcworld. There's a comet and pcworld near new cross (63 from farringdon/blackfriars), don't know about elsewhere. Though I am sure TCR shops would be a better deal (maybe) but I've never been in them and am not a fan of haggling and would be worried if it broke etc etc.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-12-18 04:51 pm (UTC)
Do you know what brands are more likely to be Linux friendly?
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[User Picture]From: demiabeille
2007-12-18 04:59 pm (UTC)
I imagine not sony. I think we have an asus at work with linux on it. Also Asus just released that new IEEE thingy that is small and comes with linux on it for £200 (all sold out though grr). HP might be good.

Looking through quick reviews, it seems that nearly all manufacturers will give you problems. Some stuff just wont work, as I suspected. I used to go to the northants LUG, and they spent most of their time trying to get linux to work properly on laptops. Maybe some other geeks will know.

Just use windows :D
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[User Picture]From: braisedbywolves
2007-12-18 04:33 pm (UTC)
Do you have a DS? I have a bunch of games I could loan you (Hotel Dusk/Phoenix Ace I&II/Trauma Center) if you want.
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-12-18 04:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, I have all the games, due to the magic offsite backup cartridge thingy, so that will be going up north, but I'd quite like the laptop too.
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[User Picture]From: ozgirlabroad
2007-12-18 04:33 pm (UTC)
Ant and I got a really cheap HP laptop from ebuyers which we installed software on easy peasy. It didn't come with Windows or anything like that but we've installed it and use it to surf the net etc.

I am not sure it's this exact model, but it's worth taking a look at.
http://www.ebuyer.com/product/136220
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[User Picture]From: vodka_fairy
2007-12-18 07:29 pm (UTC)
I got Jess a Compaq one for 430 from pcworld last week which is teh seks but I know nothing about how it installs linux. It is teh seks though, did I mention?
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-12-18 07:35 pm (UTC)
I am unlcear: is it teh seks or what, eh?
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From: flounderingfool
2007-12-18 09:27 pm (UTC)
For Linux friendliness, no brand is always good and none is always bad. It's more to do with who makes the components inside, and some brands of laptop use different manufacturers components in different models.

If you can steer towards Intel components you'll tend to be safer. i.e., Intel video hardware (i915 chipset for example) is well supported as is most of their their wireless hardware.

Unless you like manually installing binary only drivers with sub-standard support (IMO) then steer clear of anything with Nvidia video hardware. ATI video support is mixed. They are being nicer about releasing specs to the open source community again now that AMD have bought them, but support is still patchy.

There's probably a lot more too. Google is your friend.

I'm planning on getting a lenovo x61 in the new year, which I understand is very linux friendly, but my criteria are different from yours I think.
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