[kwlug-disc] netbooks without windows

Darcy Casselman dscassel at gmail.com
Wed Jun 23 16:36:32 EDT 2010


Hi Johnny,

If you want little Ubuntu logo stickers to cover up Windows keys, I've
got those.  (System76 distributes them to Ubuntu teams).

Remind me before a KWLUG meeting so I make sure to bring them.

Darcy.

On Wed, Jun 23, 2010 at 4:28 PM, Johnny Ferguson <hyperflexed at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi Oksana,
>
> 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 neutral :P
>
> - Johnny
>
> On 06/23/2010 04:08 PM, Oksana Goertzen wrote:
>>
>> I have an early IdeaPad from Lenovo that I like.  The older keyboard was
>> smallish
>> 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!
>>
>> Oksana
>>
>>
>>
>> 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.
>>
>>    ---
>>
>>    Hi,
>>
>>    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.
>>
>>    Regards,
>>    Johnny
>>
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