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[–] klongtoey 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

what's the ideal linux set-up for a notebook - which version of linux, and any particular pc/mac best suited for linux?

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[–] dijit 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Just grab linux mint, it's probably going to work and it's painless.

cheap notebooks use a lot of weirdly engineered drivers that the manufacturer writes drivers for on windows, but that's not true on Linux, so if it's a cheap laptop, your mileage may vary.

Mint can get you set up to dual boot windows in no time though.. if you don't want to take the total plunge.

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[–] klongtoey 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

i was thinking of taking total plunge on a second new computer so wouldn't need to dual boot.

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[–] TheTrigger 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

FWIW, I have an HP Elitebook and everything runs perfectly in Linux, right out of the box; even the touchscreen. Actually, pretty sure it uses less battery power, too.

My Dell Bluetooth mouse didn't need to be setup, either. It was, hilariously, easier to get working on Linux than windows. No fidgeting with drivers or anything.

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[–] tribblepuncher [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You might want to post the model number. Some might find that useful. Laptops that support Linux perfectly out of the box can be difficult to come by.

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[–] tribblepuncher [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

The ideal setup for a notebook for Linux would be to buy it from the specialty manufacturers who can guarantee everything on the system will work with Linux.

If you want something that costs less, I would suggest checking out /v/linux and asking. I'd give you advice myself, but I'm a bit behind on what particular hardware does and doesn't work. However, I would suggest Mint or Ubuntu, since they seem to be some of the better distros in terms of automatic hardware support.

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[–] eraptic 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Dell and Thinkpads have very good mileage on Linux