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Looking for a dev laptop to run linux

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I do DevOps stuff for work as well as at home. I also spend a lot of time coding and would like to look at getting a portable laptop to take with me for personal use when away from my office. I would love to sit in the back yard and work. 

 

My requirements are 

 

- 16GB of RAN

- i5 or better processor

- good build quality (I like my current surface)

- small and light

- can run Ubuntu without any issues unlike the surface pro 4

 

I don't have a budget for this other than I want everything on the list and am willing to pay within reason. I am in Canada so much be available here and not have to import it

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Have you ever thought about Dell XPS 13’ developer’s edition?

I think that’s maybe the only laptop that can run Ubuntu without ANY issues. 

In other laptops you have to expect some issues, I suppose. 

Hope this helps. 

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Posted · Original PosterOP
14 minutes ago, John Cartoon said:

Have you ever thought about Dell XPS 13’ developer’s edition?

I think that’s maybe the only laptop that can run Ubuntu without ANY issues. 

In other laptops you have to expect some issues, I suppose. 

Hope this helps. 

I didn't look at that one because I just assumed XPS are over priced

 

Just looked and they don't have near enough RAM, the highest is 8GB and I sometimes need more than that. It would work for an average day but would have issues on testing days

 

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Any links of online stores?


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Posted · Original PosterOP
On 8/10/2018 at 10:54 PM, ZM Fong said:

Any links of online stores?

What do you mean? I am open to buying from any store in CAD that will not cause me to pay import taxes or international shipping.

 

On 8/11/2018 at 4:25 PM, John Cartoon said:

I think the best laptops for Ubuntu are manufactured by Dell. 

Damm that sucks since they seem to max out at 8GB of RAM

 

On 8/12/2018 at 10:36 AM, TLCH723 said:

System76 only sells linux system. https://system76.com/laptops

I found them while looking, they look interesting, can you comment on the quality?

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3 hours ago, KirbyTech said:

Damm that sucks since they seem to max out at 8GB of RAM

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They have 16GB

3 hours ago, KirbyTech said:

I found them while looking, they look interesting, can you comment on the quality?

I heard good thing about them but never used them

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8 hours ago, KirbyTech said:

What do you mean?

Any links of online stores so that I can help you to choose the best options?


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Brother's Laptop - Aspire 5

Intel Core i5 8250U 1.6-3.4GHZ 4GB+4GB DDR4 2400MHZ RAM WD 1TB HDD+Samsung 850 EVO M.2 250GB Nvidia MX150 2GB

My Phone: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Snapdragon 625, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM)

 

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On 8/15/2018 at 1:26 AM, ZM Fong said:

Any links of online stores so that I can help you to choose the best options?

Amazon, Newegg, Canada Computer, Bestbuy, just the normal stores in Canada pretty much. I am open to any site just has to be Canadian 

 

On 8/14/2018 at 8:45 PM, TLCH723 said:

 

They have 16GB

I heard good thing about them but never used them

Hmm when I looked I didn't even see an option to change the memory amount. Maybe that is a Dell US option, I am looking at it right now and no option for the dell XPS 13 Developer edition

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46 minutes ago, KirbyTech said:

Amazon, Newegg, Canada Computer, Bestbuy, just the normal stores in Canada pretty much. I am open to any site just has to be Canadian 

 

Hmm when I looked I didn't even see an option to change the memory amount. Maybe that is a Dell US option, I am looking at it right now and no option for the dell XPS 13 Developer edition

Maybe you can call them up or chat with them to see if you can upgrade

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On 10/08/2018 at 10:51 PM, KirbyTech said:

small and light

Preferred max weight and battery life?


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Intel Core i5 8300H 2.3-4.0GHZ Samsung 8GB DDR4 2666MHZ RAM SC Samsung PM981 NVMe 256GB SSD+Seagate ST1000LM035 1TB 5400RPM HDD (spare) Nvidia GTX1050TI 2GB 144Hz LG IPS panel

 

Brother's Laptop - Aspire 5

Intel Core i5 8250U 1.6-3.4GHZ 4GB+4GB DDR4 2400MHZ RAM WD 1TB HDD+Samsung 850 EVO M.2 250GB Nvidia MX150 2GB

My Phone: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Snapdragon 625, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM)

 

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How to undervolt CPU and GPU in laptops

What are Clevo, Quanta and TongFang? (credits to @sicily428)

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Posted · Original PosterOP
On 8/17/2018 at 10:35 AM, TLCH723 said:

Maybe you can call them up or chat with them to see if you can upgrade

That's something I hadn't thought of I will do that this week. Maybe just a site issue rather than a not offered.

 

12 hours ago, ZM Fong said:

Preferred max weight and battery life?

No clue on either of them. I have a surface pro 4 that I like the weight of and battery life is something you never can get enough of. So I would say a 13-14 ultrabook would fit the bill best for me but I am open to other options if nothing else is available.

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A friend of mine got a 13 inch lenovo thinkpad and just put some ram in there for that purpose. Pretty cheap on ebay, I even saw an x1 carbon (older edition) for £300 with pretty much what you are asking for, which is pretty small and light.


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16 hours ago, KirbyTech said:

No clue on either of them. I have a surface pro 4 that I like the weight of and battery life is something you never can get enough of. So I would say a 13-14 ultrabook would fit the bill best for me but I am open to other options if nothing else is available.

There are many options available, but I would suggest you to take a look at Thinkpad T480s (many Ultrabooks have non upgradable RAM which is quite a deal breaker for 16GB RAM)


Laptop Reviews:

Laptop Specs:

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My Laptop - Legion Y530

Intel Core i5 8300H 2.3-4.0GHZ Samsung 8GB DDR4 2666MHZ RAM SC Samsung PM981 NVMe 256GB SSD+Seagate ST1000LM035 1TB 5400RPM HDD (spare) Nvidia GTX1050TI 2GB 144Hz LG IPS panel

 

Brother's Laptop - Aspire 5

Intel Core i5 8250U 1.6-3.4GHZ 4GB+4GB DDR4 2400MHZ RAM WD 1TB HDD+Samsung 850 EVO M.2 250GB Nvidia MX150 2GB

My Phone: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 (Snapdragon 625, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM)

 

Laptop recommender and enthusiast

How to undervolt CPU and GPU in laptops

What are Clevo, Quanta and TongFang? (credits to @sicily428)

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