[kwlug-disc] netbooks without windows
hyperflexed at gmail.com
Wed Jun 23 16:28:09 EDT 2010
The ideapads look good, but I think they're out of my price range for
now. Based on the advice I've received so far, I'm looking at the
System76 system, or a Dell Inspiron Mini 10.
I'm working on a spreadsheet to compare features at the moment. I'll
post what I decide later on (unless another awesome option comes up)
As an aside, it'd be nice if some company could manufacture replacement
keys for laptops so I could replace the win key with something more
On 06/23/2010 04:08 PM, Oksana Goertzen wrote:
> I have an early IdeaPad from Lenovo that I like. The older keyboard was
> and I had to remap one key so that I didn't continually hit the up
> arrow. The newer
> ones have a larger keyboard. I upped the memory to 2 GB... you'll
> probably want
> to do this and get something that has a 6 cell battery if you want to
> use it outside
> the house much. The newer ones have LED screens (less
> power/bright/crisp) and
> might be worth considering.
> BTW, my Lenovo Ideapad (like others) have a small Linux OS partition
> that allows
> you to surf the web and look at pictures, listen to music without
> booting the system
> completely into your desired OS. This way it boots in seconds and uses
> little power.
> Good Luck!
> On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 2:39 PM, Johnny F <hyperflexed at gmail.com
> <mailto:hyperflexed at gmail.com>> wrote:
> note: I sent this a number of times without it showing up on the list,
> I apologize if this is a duplicate.
> 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)
> Ideally this netbook would be in the $300-500 range. Any help or
> experiences you can offer would be greatly appreciated. If it was also
> available in Canada that would be ideal.
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