blaablaaguy
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Looking to buy a new laptop

Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:01 pm

Im looking for a cheap laptop between £100-£200 that can run ubuntu and debian (not both at the same time, i just dont know which one i should choose). Its only going to be used for programming, web browsing, maybe a few games (non intensive 2d stuff and MAME). Can anyone reccomend one, or suggest how much RAM, processing speed, and hardrive space id need?
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Re: Looking to buy a new laptop

Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:13 pm

If it's a new laptop that you are buying then it most likely will run Ubuntu with no problem. (I have 16.04 running a server with 256MB RAM and 7.5G HD space. The Ubuntu guides show 2G HD and 512MB RAM for minimal install with Desktop)
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Re: Looking to buy a new laptop

Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:23 pm

SonOfAMotherlessGoat wrote:If it's a new laptop that you are buying then it most likely will run Ubuntu with no problem. (I have 16.04 running a server with 256MB RAM and 7.5G HD space. The Ubuntu guides show 2G HD and 512MB RAM for minimal install with Desktop)
Thanks, the OS wont be a problem then. I think ill go with ubuntu since i dont have that much experience with linux
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Re: Looking to buy a new laptop

Mon Jun 20, 2016 6:23 pm

Rather than negativity think outside the box !
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Re: Looking to buy a new laptop

Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:10 pm

blaablaaguy wrote: I think ill go with ubuntu since i dont have that much experience with linux
Ubuntu is (a) Linux.

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Re: Looking to buy a new laptop

Mon Jun 20, 2016 9:50 pm

I know ubuntu is a linux distro, but apparantly its more suited for begginers
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Re: Looking to buy a new laptop

Mon Jun 20, 2016 10:15 pm

I have no idea who Ubuntu is aimed at. It never works for me.

It's just Debian taken and broken in interesting ways.
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Re: Looking to buy a new laptop

Mon Jun 20, 2016 11:14 pm

Are celeron processers any good? I heard they were rubbish, but that was about the older ones.
Heater wrote:I have no idea who Ubuntu is aimed at. It never works for me.

It's just Debian taken and broken in interesting ways.
I suppose ill try it out and see how it goes.
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Re: Looking to buy a new laptop

Mon Jun 20, 2016 11:30 pm

And Debian is just Ubuntu with packages from 3 revisions ago... But really, just get in there and try them out. I need something with current packages, so I either run U16.04 LTS, Arch with my own PKG's or Alpine. If you really want to learn Linux, then try out Arch. It has the reputation of being very unfriendly to newish Linux folks, but it has some of the best documentation I've seen anywhere.
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Re: Looking to buy a new laptop

Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:07 am

blaablaaguy wrote:Are celeron processers any good? I heard they were rubbish, but that was about the older ones..
Nope, still rubbish.

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Re: Looking to buy a new laptop

Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:28 am

that can be expanded to 8GB RAM
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Re: Looking to buy a new laptop

Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:58 am

rpdom wrote:
blaablaaguy wrote:Are celeron processers any good? I heard they were rubbish, but that was about the older ones..
Nope, still rubbish.
They're less rubbish at running Linux, but still rubbish.
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Re: Looking to buy a new laptop

Tue Jul 12, 2016 12:15 pm

i would go with a cheap custom build, chill blast are a good company. support is better rather than replying on someone who doesn't know anything in a standard catalogue store.

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Re: Looking to buy a new laptop

Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:49 am

I'll say the same thing I said here: viewtopic.php?f=62&t=152506
blc wrote:To be honest, unless you have some specific aesthetic requirements in mind then I would recommend a second-hand Lenovo ThinkPad, either something in the "thin & light" X-series or the "regular" T-series. They go for silly money second hand because so many businesses buy them and dump them into the second-hand market when their refresh cycle rolls around. The x240 for example goes for around £250 to £500, depending on spec (see this ebay search for completed listings: http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_from= ... 5573.m1684); SSDs are very cheap now and RAM prices are insanely low at the moment, so it might even be worthwhile getting a cheaper model then upgrading the RAM & HDD yourself (although obviously the cheaper you go the worse the condition will probably be).

Of course you don't get a warranty with second-hand equipment, but Lenovo make it extremely easy to replace parts with freely-accessible service manuals and simple disassembly procedures. Hell, with your budget you can afford a brand new T460 with an i3 processor (http://shop.lenovo.com/gb/en/laptops/th ... ries/t460/), and an i5 model isn't that much over.

Installing Ubuntu on pretty much any ThinkPad from pretty much the last decade should not be a problem.

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Re: Looking to buy a new laptop

Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:19 am

Thanks, but ive allready ordered one.
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Re: Looking to buy a new laptop

Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:20 am

blaablaaguy wrote:Thanks, but ive allready bought one.
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