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I need to buy a laptop for work reasons. I will be installing Ubuntu on it, and I would like it to be a quiet machine because noisy computers are my pet peeve. Can anyone recommend one which will not give me too much dramas with hardware and drivers support in Ubuntu 11.10?

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Depends on what you do with it. If you do not need best performance, then go for a Netbook with ARM processor. They usually do not even have a fan. If you combine this with a fast mobile internet contract, you can even work remotely on a server and have applications run on the server which need more computing power. I would recommend ASUS EEE Pad Transformer, which is a Netbook and Tablet in one. This netbook comes with Android, but there is Ubuntu for ARM CPUs as well. What will not work with an ARM platform is running windows applications with wine. –  Michael K Nov 16 '11 at 9:57
    
Beware ARM based devices. Yes, they are cool (in all ways) as shipped, and yes, they're the way of the future, but right now you'll be lucky to get it working. ARM kernels are currently specialized to a specific device, so you need to find or build one that works. There's work under way to fix that, but like I said, it's the future. That said, Android is Linux, sort of, so if you know what you're doing .... –  ams Nov 16 '11 at 10:59
    
I think any quality (non-gaming) laptop would be decently silent. Then you could start picking those that interact well with Ubuntu. I can at least speak for Thinkpads which satisfy both requirements. –  Liudas Nov 16 '11 at 12:36
    
thanks all for the advice. i went for the asus ux31e. it's not silent, but it is fairly quiet. –  wim Nov 29 '11 at 0:31
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have a look at this websites: http://www.ubuntu.com/certification It lists all the hardware that was tested to work with Ubuntu. It seems as if Dell laptops are the most Ubuntu friendly laptops.

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+1 for dell, my mini 10v came will ubuntu pre-installed and is completly silent...SSD + no fans. –  matt Nov 16 '11 at 17:31
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System 76 are producing special laptops/PC for Ubuntu. They even have the ubuntu logo instead of the windows logo on the keyboard. I think the computers they are building are specially made for Ubuntu.

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interesting.. are they available non-US ? (i'm in australia) –  wim Nov 16 '11 at 11:37
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Shipping information: system76.com/home/shippinginformation And Australia is present there. –  bioShark Nov 16 '11 at 11:39
    
You can have a look at this as well thinkpenguin.com/gnu-linux/… –  sagarchalise Nov 16 '11 at 12:18
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