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Just wanted to know if both of these are fully compatible with Ubuntu? If only specific versions of Ubuntu are compatible, then which ones?

http://www.dell.com/ca/p/inspiron-14z-5423/pd

http://www.dell.com/ca/p/inspiron-n411z/pd

Matters I am more concerned about are:

1) Affect on battery life for both?

2) Dual boot without the need to re-install Windows (don't want to use pirated copy) on a separate partition? I can definitely re-partition using partition Magic/EaseUS.

3) Also, I would not prefer keeping my OS's on SSD (in case of 14z ultra-book)

It would be a great help, as I am considering to buy one of these with prime reason of Ubuntu.

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Both the Dell laptops are compatible with Ubuntu. Infact, both are certified by Ubuntu.

You can see the complete list of Ubuntu certified Dell hardware by visiting this link: http://www.ubuntu.com/certification/desktop/make/Dell/?category=Desktop&category=Laptop&category=Netbook

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How is the battry life on Ubuntu? I have heard that it reduces to almost half. But from my experience on a ubuntu running netbook earlier, it should increase, as ubuntu manages the resources much more efficiently than Windows does. –  Jaspreet Sep 10 '12 at 2:53
    
It reduces because the support for the Graphic Card is not good enough. But if you have a nvidia graphic card and you install bumblebee package, the battery life would be good. –  green7 Sep 10 '12 at 7:55
    
it comes only with Intel® HD Graphics 3000 or AMD Radeon HD7570M 1GB. What can be expected in future Ubuntu distros/updates? –  Jaspreet Sep 13 '12 at 10:22
    
I'm not sure of AMD, but nvidia has announced that it'd officially support Linux. –  green7 Sep 13 '12 at 12:13
    
Thanks, You were great help. :) –  Jaspreet Sep 18 '12 at 6:27
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