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Re: [NOVA-Python] seeking a good Linux laptop

From: Kapil T.
Sent on: Friday, October 12, 2012 1:56 PM


On Fri, Oct 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM, Stuart Gathman <[address removed]> wrote:
Long ago, Nostradamus foresaw that on 10/12/[masked]:27 AM, Ed Jahn would write:
This is a bit off-topic, but ... 
After years of working with Windows, I want to get started with Linux, and want to do so with a laptop.

I see various offerings on the Internet, but before buying one, I'm hoping for a recommendation from someone with more experience than I have.
I do mainly database work, so favor disk capacity, memory, and IO throughput. Do expect to be working mainly with Python.
Don't want to spend more than $1000. Would consider used or refurbished.

We have more than 6 laptops running Linux, since starting out with a discarded Armada 700 from the late 90s.  One was bought new with Linux (Ubuntu) installed from Dell.  They all run Fedora now.  You can't order Linux preinstalled on laptops directly from the Dell website (they got burned with a frivolous but expensive lawsuit from a student who was mad that Ubuntu didn't run MS Office natively).  You have to request it via the chat feature.

fwiw, dell also have this coming out (pre-installed ubuntu) http://content.dell.com/us/en/enterprise/d/campaigns/sputnik

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