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Laptop envy

June 6th, 2007 at 04:36 pm

Here we go again. I think it was about six months ago when I was talking about how much I wanted a laptop and was considering buying a Mac. A co-worker brought his laptop in today and was playing with Ubuntu. He has almost everything set up on it for it to be functional for work. That was part of what gave me pause with getting a Mac, getting everything I needed for work.

I scoped out Dell's site, since they sell computers with Ubuntu installed instead of Windows. The only laptop they offer, after customizing it like I want to, would run about $917. Granted, I could probably get a cheaper laptop with Windows installed and just create a partition but I just don't want to have to mess with any Windows stuff.

I am not actually going to buy it but I do have a longing to replace my laptop. I don't want to buy used either. I am going to wait until the end of the summer, by then I'll hopefully be settled into whatever new place I'll be living in. Then I'm going to revisit the whole laptop thing. I do wish to get away from Windows and with the little I do just on my own, there's really no need for it.

3 Responses to “Laptop envy”

  1. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    My dad gave me an ancient Toshiba, with a burned out rechargeable battery! But I'm easily satisfied :-)

  2. Broken Arrow Says:

    I don't have the link handy, but I was reading about an Ubuntu user's review his new Dell laptop pre-installed with Ubuntu.

    He said that while the effort was commendable, especially for a first step, there was still quite a bit of tweaking to get everything to work just right.

    Of course, with Linux-- even Ubuntu-- hackery just comes with the territory. Though my heart belongs to OpenBSD, I am a huge Ubuntu fan and have it running on a separate desktop. Once it's up and running, it really can do just about everything Windows does... except for a lot of games. (Yes, I am aware of Wine. Smile)

    Oh, and the best part is that it's pretty cheap. I mean, it's costly to buy hardware pre-installed with Linux, but if you shop around for a gently used PC and apply some elbow grease with your own Linux install, it can come out very cheap indeed. My current Linux desktop costed only a little over $200 to put together, but that's only because I wanted to make a very specific build.

  3. ldyfaile Says:

    I really really really want a laptop. I had one for a couple of years and now that I have a desktop (given to me by work because I needed something for work from home since my laptop died) I realize how much I miss a laptop. I might be able to score a gently used laptop but I'm just not sure I want to go that route. I'm sure when the time comes I'll probably just shop around for a good deal with Windows pre-installed and create a partition, etc. I don't really care that much about games, I just want to check email, surf, play music, watch dvds, and keep track of money.

    My co-worker actually was pretty impressed with the Ubuntu install. It was pretty slick at finding all his devices without really any tweaking. That's why I figure I'll wait til he works out all the necessary evils for work and then my setup (once I get there) should be a breeze.

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