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I am running lubuntu on netbook and it has a few bugs with brightness and touchpad but I don't mind too much because it was cheap.

I need something a bit higher spec now so I have been looking into dell laptops for more support but I am not sure if there are others? Or even how good dell are with this?

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Hi Magpie, this question will be very difficult to answer since many laptops have great support in Ubuntu. MANY, like a lot + 2 more. If you could be more specific it could help. –  Luis Alvarado Jul 12 '12 at 14:10
    
MY laptop, because I made it so ;) –  izx Jul 12 '12 at 17:35
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Well, I for one think that the best Ubuntu laptops are System76. The customer service is outstanding, everything works out of the box and you have 3 different models to choose from and configure the specs at your personal taste. Quality/price is the best out there. Try to find the same specs for same price with other major vendors (dell, HP, etc...).

I am a proud owner of a System76 system and can truly tell you that you won't be disappointed. I am actually thinking in buying my second device (a 14' laptop for travelling).

Hope this is what you are looking for. They have a support forum if you have doubts and their support staff is very active there.

Enjoy!

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again I could not use a system76 laptop as they are based outside the UK unfortunately –  Magpie Jul 12 '12 at 18:51
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Dell's Ubuntu offerings are fairly paltry, http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/laptops.aspx?ref=us-eb-lt#!facets=80770~0~1791343&p=1. I would recommend purchasing from a company that fully supports Linux/Ubuntu, such as System76, Zareason, Think Penguin, or LinPC. Personally, I can only vouch for System76, but I have been very pleased with their desktop offerings. So much so, that I made them our standard desktops where I work. They also have great, knowledgeable staff.

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Thanks! Unfortunately I don't think I can use those companies as they are not uk based, but I suspect you are right that it is better to look towards companies that specialise. I can see the point in tweaking yourself but as I haven;t managed to fully configure my netbook i wouldn't risk it with a more expensive laptop –  Magpie Jul 12 '12 at 18:50
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