[clug] Advice about buying a new laptop

jm jeffm at ghostgun.com
Mon Sep 21 12:37:03 UTC 2015

Your biggest problem is likely to be drivers and having the laptop 
behave correctly when you close the lid to put it to sleep. I'll leave 
it up to others to comment on specific brands. Just a few questions from 
me that may help shape the discussion.

I'm guessing the dual boot requirement is either for games or software 
requirement of the degree your doing (eg, you must use M$ Word). Would 
this be correct? Can you elaborate on the application you need to run 
(or are likely to run)?

Do you mind buying online sight unseen, or would you prefer to shop in 

How fast do you need it?

Depending on your answers it may limit the available choices.

This would go down like a ton of bricks with the sales person, but you 
could create a live USB image to boot off and try on or two laptops in a 
store to see if the obvious things checked out.

The good news is that things are getting better and Linux support is 
improving al the time.


On 21/09/2015 6:06 pm, Sharon Doig wrote:
> Hi Canberra Linux Group,I am a lurker here and need some advice about buying a new laptop. I am looking at a sub $800 lap top computer to use for university studies. Can anyone tell me what brands and models would allow me to duel boot Open Suse 13.1 and windows? I am hoping to duel boot on a windows 8 or higher OS. Since I am really new at buying a machine to run both windows and linux on. Could you provide a list of questions for the sale person/manufacturer help line.
> Thanks in advance.
> Sharon Doig Sharon Doig in Canberra - Australia
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