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To start I should admit that I haven't done much work in Ubuntu in a few years.

I am wondering is if there is still a single, canonical source of the hardware supported by the newest distribution of Ubuntu.

In specific, I want to get a 17-inch HP dv7t Quad edition laptop.

But more generally, it is just bothering me how little luck I'm having finding an up-to-date support listing.

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Have a look at Ubuntu Friendly, though it isn't complete. Nothing beats testing computers with a live USB before buying. My recent experience has been that major incompatibilities are rare these days, though you might have to do a bit of work on some machines.

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Yeah, that has a lot of information. But, of course, not the newest series of HP laptops. And certainly not mine. It's a good source though, I hadn't seen that. –  theJollySin Apr 19 '12 at 5:21
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