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These days most of the people go to e-commerce site and buy laptop and computer accessories.  Most of the laptop and internet note book come with pre install OS most of the time windows and the site never mentioned  in its specs  is it compatible with Linux or not? Even you go to the vendor site youíll not found any details is it compatible with Linux? Some of site and vendor offer Pre-install Linux model also which sometime you donít like these laptop.  In this scenario I canít use LiveUSB.  What is the best way to decide laptop from given below models? There should be some approach which experience Linux users follow to take such decision. This is common issue and waste lot of time and energy.

Asus EeeBook X205TA Notebook (4th Gen Atom Quad Core/ 2GB/ 32GB EMMC/ Win 8.1/Office 365)
http://goo.gl/vBHVtE

Micromax Canvas Laptab LT666 (2 in 1 Laptop) ( Intel Atom Quad Core 4th Gen/ 2GB/ 32 GB eMMC/ Win8.1 with Office 365)

http://goo.gl/9v6X1q

HP 13-C019TU Stream (Notebook) (4th CDC/ 2GB/ 32GB EMMC/ Win8.1) (K8T73PA)
http://goo.gl/hZ6d6d

Acer Aspire E3 E3-112M Celeron Dual Core - (2 GB DDR3/500 GB HDD) Notebook
http://goo.gl/T4lc3c

I request you please share your experience and advice.

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Rajeev Gautam

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Re: What is the best way to decide Laptop and Hardware compatible with Linux?
« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2015, 10:17:36 am »
One of the best ways I know of to see if it will work with Linux is to find a site selling it that has user reviews, particularly ones with a search function like Amazon or NewEgg.  You can search for "Linux" in the reviews and see if anyone has written a review saying if it works with Linux.

Other than that, most computers being sold today should be Linux compatible.  Linus Torvalds and Linux developers work hard to make the kernel and distros as compatible as they can.  I don't see anything on any of those that's jumping out to me as something that won't work with Linux.  As far as I know, any of those should run it just fine.

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Re: What is the best way to decide Laptop and Hardware compatible with Linux?
« Reply #2 on: September 24, 2015, 11:45:21 am »
Hi rajeev2631007,


I would never consider buying any computer from any company that does not publish sufficiently detailed hardware specs. Unless I could get a listing of the specs that is detailed enough to permit checking the hardware compatibility with Linux, I would shop elsewhere. There are plenty of sellers out there who provide rather detailed specs, good products and reasonable prices.


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Re: What is the best way to decide Laptop and Hardware compatible with Linux?
« Reply #3 on: September 24, 2015, 04:39:17 pm »
Steer clear of the 64bit intel atom based PC's .. they have a 32bit UEFI bootloader which most versions of Linux (including Peppermint) don't support .. there are workarounds but they may be difficult/impossible.
Also the Asus X205TA was known to have audio issues (no driver), though that may now be fixed in recent kernels .. but in any case you'll still have the 32bit UEFI problem.
(I may look into doing a 32bit UEFI version for Peppermint 7, but I currently have no plans to do another Peppermint 6 respin .. I'm now in research mode for Peppermint 7 ;))

As far as I know the HP stream 13 is supposed to be OK .. see here:
https://askubuntu.com/questions/578187/hp-stream-13-c004tu-notebook-for-ubuntu-install

as should the Aspire E3:
http://blog.dataparksearch.org/562
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Re: What is the best way to decide Laptop and Hardware compatible with Linux?
« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2015, 01:12:55 am »
May be one day Hardware manufacture and Linux community become friend and seat to gather and find some solution for these issues.  But I sure about one thing PCNetSpec and AndyinMokum will make me Greek one day.  :)

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Steer clear of the 64bit intel atom based PC's .. they have a 32bit UEFI bootloade

Any specify reason behind this why people using 32bit UEFI with 64bit atom PC. I thing they forget that Linux is free but Linux community peoples are not. How people check it is 32bit UEFI or 64bit UEFI.?

Who says Linux is Free?
It asks for Love, dedication, time, energy and support forum like this.

Please somebody share how to install peppermint Linux or other Distro on eMMC storage laptop. Either scenarios dual boot or standalone.

I understood that there is no best way to decide Linux Hardware.  You have to learn from your own experience if you want freedom of choice or accept what vendor offer. If I see positive side of Hardware vendor and Linux community should want Linux user must be capable to handle such mass.  If he canít then he is not deserve Linux. 

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Rajeev Gautam