How can I build a Linux based laptop?

Fatrian F July 13, 2013
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Maybe this question looks pretty foolish or annoying, but after reading your post – http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/build-linux-web-server-computer-part-1/

I thought is there any way to built from scratch a Linux based laptop at home???

 

  1. Kannon Yamada
    July 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    There are custom laptop builders out there. I'm having difficulty tracking down the exact source, but some will allow you to choose the various components from a short-list. These were once called "white boxes", but the build-it yourself laptops never really caught on and remain a very tiny, niche market.

    http://www.laptopmag.com/advice/tips/build-your-own-notebook.aspx

    It's hard to find white box builds nowadays, anywhere. These are mainly customizable PCs - you can't choose the case, either. And only a few of them optionally include Linux.

    http://www.xoticpc.com/
    http://www.malibal.com/
    http://www.lpc-digital.com/
    http://www.mythlogic.com/

    Although some people have scratch built their own laptops.

    You can also build your own white box:

    http://www.computershopper.com/feature/build-your-own-laptop

    • dragonmouth
      July 17, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      "And only a few of them optionally include Linux."
      That should be no problem. It is no different than installing Linux on a laptop with no O/S or replacing an existing O/S on a laptop. Use either an optical disk with a burned distro or netinstall.

  2. Dalsan M
    July 16, 2013 at 7:10 am

    Barebones laptops that can be customized before purchase, and the graphics cards can be replaced later on with newer compatible ones (the pricing will definitely put you off from wanting to purchase this type of system, though it is nice to be able to upgrade the graphics cards): http://rjtech.com/shop/index.php. Choosing the parts you want from a manufacturer, such as Dell, HP, Asus, etc. would be far cheaper, as I said previously. If I had the money, I would definitely buy one off these Clevo systems.

    • Fatrian F
      July 17, 2013 at 12:39 am

      Thank you for suggestion, I see why you want one of those systems :)

  3. Tze Yu C
    July 14, 2013 at 5:27 am

    You can only get custom-made desktops, not laptops.

    • Fatrian F
      July 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      No options?

    • Dalsan M
      July 15, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Each manufacturer will allow some form of "customizing" of laptops in which you can choose the processor and GPU, but there are barebones laptops in which you can choose from specific motherboards for their specifications and build upon them. These are generally more extensive "gaming" laptops, but it is possible. It is far easier to go through the list of compatible hardware and try to find a pre-built one than to build it, then try to find a compatible mini-PCI-e wireless card to replace the original one if need be (can find ones for cheap on Ebay).

    • Fatrian F
      July 15, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Thank you! It is what I looked for!!!

  4. Susendeep D
    July 13, 2013 at 11:10 am

    If you are thinking to build a Linux based laptop considering that you already have a laptop,then it would be possible for you to use Linux on it.

    The main problem that would come across is driver performance.There are open source drivers available if vendors don't brings their proprietary drivers to Linux.But their performance is not as fast as the proprietary ones.

    You could also be sure that your laptop is fully compatible by checking the certified hardware page of Ubuntu's site.

    If your laptop isn't listed there but you still want to know if it would work,then you can try LIVE booting Ubuntu(or any Linux distribution). This can be done using CD,DVD or USB drives(flash drives).

    • Fatrian F
      July 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm

      Thank you

  5. Hovsep A
    July 13, 2013 at 10:33 am

    building from scratch what you mean, you just need linux cd a compatible laptop and install.

  6. Harshit J
    July 13, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Please explain completely what do you mean by making a Linux laptop from scratch ? Do you mean installing Linux on a laptop or something else?

    • Fatrian F
      July 15, 2013 at 7:35 pm

      Thank you for comment? I mean hand made laptop! The laptop that can be built from separate parts.

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