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 (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 : )
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