Best Linux Laptop

Joshua Marsh joshua at
Mon Jan 7 08:08:19 MST 2013

Some of the companies and laptops with negative reviews in this post are
interesting to me. I've owned and loved many of them. I've noticed this
since I bought a Packard Bell back in '94 or so. My friends bashed the
company and the product, but it worked great for me. I was even able to
install a new modem despite them being sure it would never work. I wonder
if it has to do with the user, a bad factory run, or fate. Maybe I'm just

On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 7:32 AM, Joseph Hall <perlhoser at> wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 7:11 AM, Jeff Jibson <jeff.jibson at>
> wrote:
> > I will avoid HP like the plague....
> >
> > For a smaller laptop, I have really like my Acer 1810t...
> >
> On that note, I will never give buy an ASUS notebook. A few jobs ago,
> I was purchased what I assume to be a very expensive gaming notebook.
> It had a fancy paint job on it, and a nifty LED display just above the
> keyboard, and that's where anything awesome ended. The "monster sound"
> speakers were crap, the screen wasn't great, and I was endlessly
> annoyed by the POST sound being an explosion that couldn't be turned
> off without crippling all system sounds. Linux support was horrific. I
> was into Ubuntu at the time, and I never could get it installed.
> RHEL/CentOS would install, but I had no network support, but I finally
> did manage to get Fedora running (with partial network support). At
> some point early on, I upgraded the kernel, and the screen got
> progressively darker with each reboot. I never did get used to the
> keyboard.
> I ended up just switching back to my personal Thinkpad for pretty much
> everything but company email, some surfing, and the occasional
> resource-intensive job that I didn't want running on my own computer
> (which was slower, but significantly more functional). I was sad to
> leave that job, but not the notebook which, by that point, hadn't even
> been powered on for several months.
> Still running the same Thinkpad, though.
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