[Linux-aus] Laptop advise

Russell Stuart russell-humbug at stuart.id.au
Thu Nov 19 23:11:05 AEDT 2015

On Thu, 2015-11-19 at 21:46 +1100, Tennessee Leeuwenburg wrote:
> What else are you getting for your money with another option?

He did say he wanted to run an open source operating system - Fedora.

Dell sells "developer edition" laptops.  Currently this means they ship
with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, so Fedora should be just fine.

However, Dell has recently refreshed all their lines with Skylake CPU's,
USB-C and so on.  None of the developer models have been announced for
the new versions yet, but it appears they mostly work:

If money is no object you want the Precision version - but you really
have to not care about money.  You are also currently on your own with
Linux, but since they are targeting engineers they normally work pretty
well.  They have svelte versions, and things that can be speced up to
absurd proportions - Xeon, 64Gb of memory, 1TB SSD, 8Gb graphics card -
a 240W power pack to drive it all.  They claim the CPU cooling is so
good it will never leave turbo.

Dell's warranty support is simply amazing.  Next Business Day onsite is
really what happens.  My Boss had a bad run with one (happens with every
brand), and after the 3rd visit Dell rang to apologise and then offered
to swap it out for any model of his choice, at their expense.  If you
get the developer version they support the Linux it comes with in the
same way.

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