[lug] linux laptop search

Charle Hutchinson chutchin at geekboi.org
Wed Sep 18 10:09:54 MDT 2013

System76 is always a safe bet.  They have two models with the new Intel 
Haswell cpu.  I am thinking of getting the gazelle ultrabook as my next laptop.


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On September 18, 2013 9:07:18 AM "Michael J. Hammel" 
<mjhammel at graphics-muse.org> wrote:
> One of things the thieves took this month was an old but very reliable
> Acer Aspire 1691WLMi laptop.  I've had that thing about 8 years and was
> considering replacing it but kept putting it off because it actually
> worked just fine and I'm too lazy to deal with the new UEFI/Secure Boot
> nonsense.  But now I have to deal with it.
> I know I can still buy motherboards that are not required to have that
> stuff enabled or make it easy to disable.  But what about laptops?  My
> understanding is that Windows 8 laptops are required to allow disabling
> Secure Boot, thus allowing me to install any version of Linux I choose.
> Is that a correct analysis?
> I have no interest in secure boot.  I just want a system I can do
> whatever I want to without artificial impediments.  As I understand it,
> the only part of UEFI that might prevent that is Secure Boot.
> So has anyone recently purchased a laptop and found it easy to disable
> Secure Boot?  Is there anything I should look for that will help ensure
> the laptop will allow me to install my favorite distro?
> FYI - they didn't take my Acer C7 Chromebook, but I wish they had.  It's
> junk.  And you can't easily disable the Secure Boot crap so you have to
> hack an install over ChromeOS.  The only hack I've found so far is
> ChrUbuntu, which forces me to use Ubuntu.  I hate it.  Networking is
> pretty bad on that thing.
> --
> Michael J. Hammel                                    Principal Software 
> Engineer
> mjhammel at graphics-muse.org                           http://graphics-muse.org
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