Hi Helen,

What is the wireless webcam?

Also, you should be able to find a keyboard layout that makes it easier to type an umlaut. I frequently have to switch between English and Icelandic, so I have things set up so that right-Ctrl-Shift switches between American and Icelandic layouts.

Best r.
Pall

On Mon, May 22, 2017 at 4:48 AM helen varley jamieson <helen@creative-catalyst.com> wrote:

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 right.

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 (ΓΌ), & 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 : )
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