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Ok i got someone who is interested in buying a laptop and they want to try out Ubuntu, and they are a college student. Since I have VERY limited experience with linux which cpu/gpu works best under Ubuntu either a SB i3/i5 or a AMD APU with all the available hardware acceleration for web browsing and what ever media player that works best also up to Blu-ray quality stuff.

Im currently look at these laptops for instance HP ProBook Acer Aspire

But pretty much needs to be a i3 or APU with 4gb ram minimum with a hard drive over 320gb as he will be doing music downloads, watch tv shows, college homework, etc.

Any help in this department would be awesome!
Edited by terraprime - 5/8/12 at 2:21am
 
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Ubuntu and windows 7 can dual boot on any cpu really. Regarding graphics, for the time being, there seems to be a glitch using nvidia and the lastest flash 11.2 where theres a blue hue on youtube videos for example.
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Well Im mostly looking at the iGPU in the SB mobile cpus, and the AMD APU potential problems. And last i remember there was issues with wireless not working correctly on certain wireless cards. Is this still a big issue?
 
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post #4 of 16
As long as Windows will boot then Linux will boot too as Linux supports every CPU architecture Windows does and more.
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Well Im mostly looking at the iGPU in the SB mobile cpus, and the AMD APU potential problems. And last i remember there was issues with wireless not working correctly on certain wireless cards. Is this still a big issue?

I think that was with some elite books. Btw, what version of ubuntu are you going to let him try? I say go for a sandy bridge laptop.
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I have no clue, figure would use the latest version since neither of us have used it. Im actually installing 12 LTS right now with windows installer cause I dont wanna mess up my current OS drive lol.

Ive updated OP
Edited by terraprime - 5/8/12 at 3:25am
 
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Well, my vote goes for the HP.
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Originally Posted by terraprime View Post

I have no clue, figure would use the latest version since neither of us have used it. Im actually installing 12 LTS right now with windows installer cause I dont wanna mess up my current OS drive lol.
Ive updated OP

NO!!! Unless Wubi has changed/improved I've heard nothing but people complain about it. Often it seems to turn people away.

If you want the best quality out of HD material then you should look for an Nvidia card to enjoy VDPAU which supposedly is still way better than VA-API (Intel uses this) and whatever AMD uses (might be VA-API). Otherwise, the AMD/ATI things seem hit or miss on whether you'll have problems or not with the drivers. I'd say stick to Intel if there's not gaming needed.
     
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post #9 of 16
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NO!!! Unless Wubi has changed/improved I've heard nothing but people complain about it. Often it seems to turn people away.
If you want the best quality out of HD material then you should look for an Nvidia card to enjoy VDPAU which supposedly is still way better than VA-API (Intel uses this) and whatever AMD uses (might be VA-API). Otherwise, the AMD/ATI things seem hit or miss on whether you'll have problems or not with the drivers. I'd say stick to Intel if there's not gaming needed.

Actually it seemed to work fine, but now i cant access the stupid thing cause my keyboard isnt activated during boot selection to pick ubuntu lol. And it is terribly slow had quite a few errors just activating the proprietary amd drivers, but the wireless worked right off the back. Kinda dont like the GUI tho myself but ehh.

And they will not be gaming at all as he is a full time student while working full time also so I doubt he will until after he has more time. Even tho he says he is not that much into gaming so who knows.

But yeah the windows install is HORRIBLY slow as I seen it throws all the info into files which just does not seem like a good idea. Now if i could just find a guide to partition a hard drive and setup the OS drive and swap without wiping the hard drive out as the last live CD I tried only gave me the option of automatic setup, which wiped the whole drive, and manual which I have no clue what any of that stuff is.....yet tongue.gif

Also if the Intel HD hardware acceleration works like it does on windows on my girlfriends laptop with VLC, running it off just the cpu will work just fine if I do say so my self.
Edited by terraprime - 5/9/12 at 6:14am
 
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post #10 of 16
Seriously, wipe Wubi and do a proper Ubuntu install. Wubi does all sorts of kludges, not least of all installing Linux to FAT32 (which is effectively a ticking time bomb).

Wubi really should not be used - EVER! (just search on here for wubi and see a whole list of posts with complaints about it!)
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