[lug] linux laptop search

Michael J. Hammel mjhammel at graphics-muse.org
Wed Sep 18 10:47:48 MDT 2013

On Wed, 2013-09-18 at 09:26 -0600, Quentin Hartman wrote:
> Anything you get from a smaller ODM should be able to disable Secure
> Boot easily. It's in their best interest to not lock stuff down. I
> like getting my laptops from http://www.xoticpc.com/ . They'll sell
> you pretty much whatever you want, barebones to fully loaded, and
> without an OS if you don't want Winders at all. You could also look at
> System 76 or ZAReason. Their machines seem nice, come w/ Linux out of
> the box, and in the case of System 76, you'd be supporting a local
> business.
Okay, I'll check all of these out then:

I'm kinda stuck on price since all the insurance will cover is a
replacement cost, which means the closest thing to what I had before,
which translates to (pretty much) lowest end machines today even if it
was higher end 8 years ago.  My initial look at these companies makes me
think xoticpc may be close, but the others look a bit higher than what
the insurance might pay.

If Jon is right, that any x86 laptop should be fine, then I may be able
to get something from NewEgg, which is where I get most of my stuff
anyway.  I may try to call them and see if their support staff know

Thanks to everyone for the suggestions!

Michael J. Hammel                                    Principal Software Engineer
mjhammel at graphics-muse.org                           http://graphics-muse.org
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