Where to find the most compatible laptop for Linux Mint?

  11 years ago

I am sure there are a lot of people who want to know where to find the most compatible laptop for running Linux Mint so as to avoid problems. One thing I read in the linux forums was that I need a laptop with ATI graphics. Another thing I found out the hard way was that a Linksys usb wifi adapter does not work so well with Linux Peppermint OS and requires a linux compatible driver to make it work. Better off buying a linux compatible usb wifi adapter, but which one? I think Belkin makes one but I'm not sure. I read that Asus makes a platinum rated laptop for Ubuntu Linux so I'll probably go that route. My goal is to make sure my next laptop is optimal for Linux Mint and/or Backtrack Linux and Ubuntu Linux and Linux Peppermint OS as these are my favorite distros so far. Any help from the Linux community would be greatly appreciated and I will pass on the info to others who are trying to make the switch to Linux.
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pbdude123 10 years ago

I've had good luck with Dell laptops. Right now I'm using a Vostro 1014 laptop that came from Dell with Ubuntu 10.04 installed. Linux Mint Maya MATE recognizes all of the hardware no problem. I also own a Dell Mini 9 and a Latitude D420. The only problem with those older Dell's is the Broadcom Wifi adapter. You have to install the b43-fwcutter package before the Broadcom Wifi adapter works, and you have to connect via ethernet cable before you can do it. Either that, or you can replace the Wifi adapter with an Intel one that is 100% supported by Linux. Besides the Broadcome Wifi adapter, everything else works just find.

RayWoods 10 years ago

As this isn't an idea and we've all enjoyed the comments I'm now going to close it (as far as Ideas are concerned) and post it as Rejected. Sorry Guys!

New > Rejected

kazztan0325 11 years ago

Yes, almost all of members in this community are very kind, even if the post is not an idea.

I think Lenovo ThinkPad Series have higher compatibility with Linux.

See > Lenovo Community Search Results linux + compatible

lingford 11 years ago

In the future I will pose questions like this in the forums but hey it did stimulate a good discussion right? A lot of good ideas came out of it.

Alexio 11 years ago

You are welcome!

lingford 11 years ago

You guys are awesome! These comments are very helpful :)

Alexio 11 years ago

For the laptops compatible with various Linux distributions, check the Linux Laptop website and some Linux Certified Laptops.

lingford 11 years ago

How do I pose this question in the forums, do you mean the chat room?

Alexio 11 years ago

There is a video on how to Build an Ubuntu Linux Computer as the main edition of Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu.

To build a computer optimized for Linux, I would use the information available from websites like Ubuntu Hardware Compatibility or Linux Hardware Compatibility Lists & Linux Drivers.

lingford 11 years ago

Oh yeah thank you, I am looking there now and it has answered most of my questions. Looks like Asus works perfectly in most cases as does a lot of other laptops brands. Now I just need to find a store that sells the laptop preinstalled with Linux rather than Winblows. I don't want to have to pay for Windows 7 if I'm not going to use it.

remoulder 11 years ago

This is not an idea, please use the forums to ask questions.

trollboy 11 years ago

No experience of ati with Linux but I ave never had a problem with nvidia or intel chipsets. Also be way of broadcom wireless chipsets. They are better supported than they used to be, but...

L0r3nz0 11 years ago

Did you looked here: http://community.linuxmint.com/hardware/welcome ???

Anyway I think your's is more like a request than an idea