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Good laptop for Fedora

asked 2014-01-20 00:03:34 -0500

chocolait gravatar image

I would like to know what Fedora developers use for their daily laptop. I know this is subjective but I want a Fedora laptop that works out of the box. I am thinking of buying a new laptop, my candidates are: a Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Touch or a Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro.

Any suggestions are welcome.

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Video card: Intel or Nvidia (no hybrid)... I use a Lenovo ThinkPad with Fedora 20

davidva gravatar imagedavidva ( 2014-01-21 01:07:22 -0500 )edit

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answered 2014-01-20 00:52:34 -0500

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Both laptops are quite good and here you can find a review of the latter from Kevin Fenzi who leads the Fedora infrastructure team.

I am aware that almost everything works out of the box on the Thinkpad with minor tweaks listed here but Fedora is even better on this hardware and should require almost no configuration at all.

Hope that helps. All the best for your new laptop!

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I do like the review. However, I don't agree that "almost everything works out of the box". If you ignore all the features added since 2005, then yes, the laptop fully works, but all the nice little extras that he is paying for in a premium laptop aren't really working out of the box.

I think these features will need to cure for a few months with kernel and linux devs.

hmaarrfk gravatar imagehmaarrfk ( 2014-01-20 01:01:50 -0500 )edit

Arch Linux requires a bit more tweaks than Fedora does. For example, KMS, acceleration etc works just fine out of the box in Fedora. I couldn't find a recent Fedora specific review of that laptop

mether gravatar imagemether ( 2014-01-20 01:08:09 -0500 )edit
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answered 2014-01-20 00:54:14 -0500

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Disclosure: I use Gnome Shell (3.10) and haven't used KDE in a while.

Speaking from personal experience, I found that the laptops that had common features were the ones that were better supported. For example, if you have a special graphics card, you will definitely have more trouble using your computer compared to someone with a more run of the mill graphics cards.

The Yoga 2 Pro has multiple modes that devs will not have been able to test. Honestly, I don't know how many linux devs have convertible laptop/tablets. I would be pleasantly surprised if F20 would support Yoga 2 Pro's features.

The other point to consider, is the HIDPI features of both these laptops. I don't think Gnome 3.10 (in F20) supports HIDPI just yet but it is in the works, hopefully 3.12 will.

Finally Gnome Shell is pretty far from being usable with a touch display. Many features only work when you hover over them, and many icons are small.

Honestly, both those laptops are very appealing, I just don't think you will have a good "out of the box" experience with either since the touch/mutliple modes in a common laptop are still relatively new (the linux world is typically a few years behind implementing some of the flashier GUI features).

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answered 2014-01-20 17:03:48 -0500

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A lot of Fedora contributors seem to like Lenovo laptops, plus that is what Red Hat provides to their employees.

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answered 2014-01-20 22:31:23 -0500

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I'm using Thinkpad X201 and it's perfectly supported by Fedora.

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answered 2015-11-15 08:55:23 -0500

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Go check this link: https://access.redhat.com/ecosystem/#... . Red hat linux lists all the certified hardwares. It is not Fedora exactly but everyone knows fedora is supported by the red hat linux, so I guess the compatibility for those laptops on the list should be good.

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answered 2014-01-20 04:19:53 -0500

Gileade Oseiass gravatar image

Though not on your list, you can analyze the Toshiba Tecra. The hardware is very nice and has a good performance for use with virtual machines.

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