Solved Advice for Linux laptop

linuxnoob

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Hi,
I am planning to buy a new laptop, mostly for programming and maybe run a few dev environments on the laptop. So far have used OS X, but I want to go for a linux os.
Which is the best linux specific laptop in the market (especially in India).
I read that not all windows laptops are suited to run linux os.
Please help me know which windows based laptop can best be used for linux, in case there is no linux based laptop.

Budget: Around $1500 preferably. (Can extend a bit if really worth it).
Minimum Specs: 15 inch, 8GB RAM, 128/256 GB SSD

Preferably low on maintenance and looking for long term.
 
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Linux runs best on slightly older PC, like 2 or 3 yrs old ones. They don't have drivers for the latest graphics cards for example, so don't waste money on getting the latest thing. Linux is an after market thing - people switch to Linux when they become dissatisfied with Windows.
 

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Do you know which Linux 'distro' you want to use ?
 

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I would have recommended a laptop that could run Kubuntu, but because you are coming from Apple background I would say buy any laptop. Linux will run buttery smooth on most machines except KDE which requires 8GB RAM. And I totally agree with @lunarlander too.
 

linuxnoob

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Linux runs best on slightly older PC, like 2 or 3 yrs old ones. They don't have drivers for the latest graphics cards for example, so don't waste money on getting the latest thing. Linux is an after market thing - people switch to Linux when they become dissatisfied with Windows.
Okay. That means a 8/16GB RAM, Intel core i5s 3ghz processor, 256GB SSD, integrated graphics card around say $1000 should be fine? Don't need to go for something latest or fancy.
 
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Johnny b

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Thanks, It mostly Dell or Lenovo for me.

Just something to check out.
I've bought several Lenovo refurbed desktops loaded with Windows recently.
These are the Thinkcentre business machines, and in their specs I noticed they were also suitable for Linux as an alternative.

So, if you see used or refurbed Lenovo laptops for sale ( or even Dells) , it might be worth your while to check out their specs.
 

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Not sure really. Maybe Linux Mint or Ubuntu.
Would that matter for deciding the laptop as well? I am new to this so asking.
You should be fine using Ubuntu or Mint, they both have good driver support and should work well with just about any laptop.

Lots of laptop for linux recommendations online if you want to do some research :- https://duckduckgo.com/?q=best+laptops+for+linux&t=vivaldi&ia=web&iai=r1-2&page=1&adx=prdsdc&sexp={"v7exp"%3A"a"%2C"sltexp"%3A"b"%2C"prodexp"%3A"b"%2C"prdsdexp"%3A"c"%2C"wiadrk"%3A"b"%2C"langexp"%3A"b"}
 
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tintex

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Linux runs best on slightly older PC, like 2 or 3 yrs old ones. They don't have drivers for the latest graphics cards for example, so don't waste money on getting the latest thing. Linux is an after market thing - people switch to Linux when they become dissatisfied with Windows.
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The real concern is if it is 32 bit or 64 bit. No a days Linux destros are coming in 32 bit and 64 bit. We have to be cautious of that. Yes you can use a 64 bit Linux destro for a 32 bit PC. But I would recommend using a 32 bit Linux destro for a 32 bit PC. Because using a 64 bit Linux destro for a 32 bit PC I have noticed that it runs slower...
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Johnny b

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A 32bit OS will run on a 64bit computer.
A 64bit OS will not run on a 32bit computer.

32bit Linux distributions exist mainly for old computers, which were 32bit.
 

tintex

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A 32bit OS will run on a 64bit computer.
A 64bit OS will not run on a 32bit computer.

32bit Linux distributions exist mainly for old computers, which were 32bit.
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Johnny b

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I think you are confused.
https://superuser.com/questions/1201295/is-it-possible-to-install-a-64-bit-os-on-32-bit-pc
 

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