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Is there an easy way to check a notebook's hardware compatibility with ubuntu before you buy it?

I really don't want to buy a notebook home and find several bugs caused by the hardware.

I know that DELL has some notebooks which are pre-installed ubuntu12.04LTS, i.e. the new xps. But what about other notebooks? isn't there a way to quickly check a notebook's compatibility with ubuntu?

A way I can see is using a LiveCD/ubuntu stick and boot in ubuntu first, then run some tests. But the problem is: how to make these tests in a short time automatically??? and how can I check the hardware compatibility? I know that I can use lshw or hardinfo to get informations, but only having the information is not enough, there are still some possibilities that your hardware has a bug. For instance, Lenovo T410i's wireless driver has a bug which causes extremely low speed internet connection, I googled a lot and recompiled the driver to fix that bug. So this is the kind of situation I'm trying to avoid.

Any help is appreciated.

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There is no easy way, I am afraid. Without proper vendor support, it's down to the user to make sure the hardware works, and it's not easy. –  mikewhatever Dec 23 '12 at 2:54
    
@mikewhatever Would you like to write an answer? –  Lucio Aug 28 '13 at 18:39
    
Yep, I will. Thanks. –  mikewhatever Aug 28 '13 at 19:19
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Testing hardware compatibility is a long a tedious process, even if you have unrestricted access to the hardware. There is no easy way, I am afraid. Without proper vendor support and testing for Linux, it's down to the user to make sure the hardware works, and that is anything but easy.

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You can check Ubuntu Certified Hardware. If some hardware is certified you will be 100% it will work for Ubuntu.

The problem is: you can't know if some not-certified hardware will work or not.

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