[NetBehaviour] linux laptops

helen varley jamieson helen at creative-catalyst.com
Mon May 22 10:47:49 CEST 2017

hi everyone,

more than a year ago i wrote to this list asking for advice about buying
a linux laptop. it took me a while, but i'm now happily working with
ubuntu mate on a no-brand machine :)

i spent quite a lot of time looking at second-hand & B-ware (ex-display)
machines, & also at new models (lenovo, dell, hp, acer, asus, etc etc
... ) & got quite overwhelmed by the choice & variables. nothing was
exactly what i wanted, & i couldn't decide on what to compromise. i had
a couple of things that were definite - not bigger than 14", must have
ethernet port, prefereably separate audio in & out; so that narrowed
things down quite a bit, but still i wasn't finding anything that felt

then i found a uk company that sells no-brand laptops with linux
pre-installed (https://www.entroware.com). i could choose the hard
drive, RAM, keyboard layout, etc & it arrived 5 days after i ordered it.
i took it out of the box, turned it on, & started using it. the
trickiest thing i've had to do so far was use the command line to get it
to talk nicely to my printer - & i managed that without incident.

i'm still adjusting to the non-mac keyboard shortcuts - it's easier to
take a screenshot but more difficult to do an umlaut (ü), & there are a
couple of things i still need to work out. & one loss is that there are
no linux drivers for my wireless webcam, so i'm back to a tethered
webcam for now. but it is soooo much faster than my old mac, & i've
found most of the software that i need.

so if anyone else out there is also considering making the switch to
linux, i say - just do it! :)

h : )
helen varley jamieson
helen at creative-catalyst.com <mailto:helen at creative-catalyst.com>

*We have a situation, Coventry! <http://www.wehaveasituation.net/?p=1402>*
24 November 2016

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