[kwlug-disc] netbooks without windows
dscassel at gmail.com
Wed Jun 23 15:53:17 EDT 2010
On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 2:39 PM, Johnny F <hyperflexed at gmail.com> wrote:
> Wondering if anyone could make a recommendation on the best place to get
> a notebook without windows in Canada. I need the netbook primarily for
> my electronics bench (writing code, flashing microcontrollers), and
> secondarily as a lightweight laptop for browsing the internet when I
> leave home and don't want to carry a 10 pound laptop around (which is
> also huge and power hungry).
> Places I've looked:
> - Dell:
> seems they only offer the ubuntu option in the states.
> Haven't had much luck getting Dell Canada to offer me a
> non-windows netbook.
> - System76:
> based in the states. They have nice a nice ubuntu netbook
> but the high international shipping costs make it somewhat
> cost-prohibitive. (over $100 for a $360 netbook)
I've got a Dell Mini 9, and like it a lot. Some quibbles with the
hardware, but no problems with the price or the purchasing experience.
I also have a laptop (not a netbook) from System76. Yeah, the
shipping and brokerage fees are deadly. But I like them a lot and may
consider buying from the again anyway. Probably not for a $300
There's also ZaReason (http://zareason.com), which I haven't tried.
This site has reviews of netbooks running Linux: http://www.linux-netbook.com/
Personally, I prefer to support vendors that support Linux and free
software. We need hardware vendors to support Linux device driver
development. They won't do that if people just keep buying Windows.
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