What’s the best laptop for programmers?
Hello,I am going to buy a laptop. I Am a programmer. What are the best recommendation which are running on Linux/Ubuntu?
Avoid the Haswell processor for the time being; from what I hear, it isn't supported very well yet. YMMV
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For best compatibility, for now at least as more support is finally coming for AMD/ATI processors and graphics cards/integrated graphics, would be finding a system with Intel processors, Intel or Atheros wireless internet card, and Nvidia graphics if you want dedicated graphics card support (AMD/ATI is currently offering beta drivers for Linux to help support Steambox, a Linux-based gaming system). The rest of the system should be supported, except some Bluetooth adapters, some function buttons, and possibly sleep/hibernation mode. Other than this, find laptops with high reviews and good ratings for support.
For a good list of supported laptops by brand, go here: http://www.linlap.com/laptops.
Pretty much any laptop that will run Linux will suffice. If possible, you might look at getting a major brand such as Acer, Toshiba, Samsung, Sony, etc without Windows, to save the cost of a Windows license you won't use.
There are a couple brands out there that sell laptops with Linux already loaded, and supposedly have optimized the hardware for Linux distributions. Check out Three Awesome Linux Laptops You Can Buy Right Now