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What are some tablets that can run Ubuntu? [closed]

I can't believe I'm actually asking this, but what are some good, cheap tablets that can run Ubuntu? I'm considering getting a tablet, but I don't really want an expensive one like an iPad. And I love ...
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How do I know if a laptop will work with Ubuntu?

I want to buy a laptop at some point in the near future, but not knowing beforehand whether it works with Ubuntu makes the whole operation risky and tiresome. I would like to know if there is some ...
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Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon support

I am considering selling my Mac to get money towards a Lenovo Thinkpad X1 because what I really want to do is to be running an Ubuntu system all the time. Is this machine completely supported in ...
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Which hardware manufacturers are more friendly to Ubuntu, besides Intel? [closed]

So by the end of the year, I will buy an ultrabook to replace my heavy laptop which I have to carry almost everyday. I sure hope that Microsoft doesn't lock Linux users out with their secure-boot on ...
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What gaming keyboard(s) will work with Ubuntu?

I've been looking at gaming keyboards to use on Ubuntu system. Microsoft has a few popular ones (e.g., Sidewinder X4, X6), but the programmable function keys appear to be unusable without the Windows ...
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Does 11.04 support Sandy Bridge?

How well does Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) support the processors of Intel's architecture Sandy Bridge and their Intel HD Graphics? Are there any problems with running 11.04 on Sandy Bridge?
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What should I know about SSDs that can be used with Ubuntu?

I'm building a new configuration and intend to buy an SSD with it. I recall that the first SSDs were problematic in Linux for some reason (maybe lack of TRIM support?). Is there something to ...
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What ebook reading devices work well without Windows or Wine?

I want to purchase an eBook reader device and eBooks. I don't use Windows, Mac OS or Wine. Most eBooks sold today are encumbered with DRM. Therefore, I need a workflow to buy and read DRM eBooks ...
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Which netbooks are “safe to buy”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which computers are guaranteed to work? To have a lightweight computer I would like to buy a netbook. Are there any netbooks especially suiting Ubuntu? For example, I ...
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Where can I find information about ubuntu compatible or certified hardware/PC models?

I am buying a new desktop PC in early 2013, anyway this question should apply to someone intending to buy a new laptop/ultrabook as well. This machine is not meant for gaming, and if I ocasionally do ...
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is it safe to use ubuntu 12.04 on modern laptop? [closed]

hello I am new to Ubuntu ad using Ubuntu v12.04 on my Asus k53sv-sx521d laptop. I want to make sure that Ubuntu is not going to reduce longevity of my laptop or going to harm my laptop parts ...
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How to research graphics cards

How would you go about choosing which graphics card to purchase. In the past I've run into situations with graphics cards whose drivers weren't that solid in Linux.
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Recommendations for a touchscreen laptop [closed]

Which touchscreen computers work best with Ubuntu? I'm looking for one and am wondering what the best one is.
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Software and scanner for scanning photographic slides?

I am searching for software and hardware for scanning slides to import to digitize my old pictures.. I have already a scanner working in Windows, but I would like to scan them directly in Ubuntu. ...
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What's a good cheap video card?

Can anyone recommend a good, cheap video card that can handle modern desktop requirements? Cheap is somewhere under $50. I'm talking about decent 3d effects for Unity and friends, as well as playing ...
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Is Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition compatible with Ubuntu?

I want to buy a Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition. On ubuntu.com, it says that Dell Inspiron 15R will work properly. But the special edition has some special issues. I will list the hardware: 3rd ...
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Touch monitors for Ubuntu?

I'm looking for a touchscreen monitor that is at least 19 inches diagonally and is fairly cheap (hopefully a similar price to the Windows 7 touch monitors made by HP, Dell, Planar, etc., which are ...
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Lenovo IdeaPad Linux compatibility

Does anybody know if the Lenovo IdeaPad V570-1066AJU Laptop is Ubuntu compatible? It has terrific specs (i5, 6GB, 750GB hd, HDMI and good-looking screen) for the 600$ price, but I want to make sure ...
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Are there any good USB 5.1 or 7.1 channel sound cards that work in Linux?

I'm trying to get a sound card that will plug into a really new Mini-ITX board. That leaves me with PCIe or USB, and PCIe cards seem to be expensive, crappy, and they required expensive riser and ...
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Is there a USB pedal solution for transcription?

For transcription it can be useful to use a pedal to control playback of an audio stream so you don't have to stop typing. Are there any combinations hardware and software that work under Ubuntu for ...
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Ive given up on nvidia in ubuntu 64bit 12.04 what is a stable graphics card? [closed]

I can't handle any more crashes. I have tried many different fixes to the NVIDIA driver problem but none of them work. This goes to show you that open video drivers are paramount to Linux. I cant ...
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USB Microscopes

I'm interested in getting a USB microscope for my kids. So, to get to the point, does anyone know what microscopes are available that work with Ubuntu? Ideally, they should be available in the UK.
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Can anybody recommend a wireless PCI card working out-of-the-box in Ubuntu 12.10 (64bit)? [closed]

I have recently bought new desktop. Everything works flawlessly in Ubuntu 12.10 64bit, except my (kinda outdated) wireless PCI card Realtek 8185. So I am about to buy new one. Please can you ...
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Alternative wireless streaming adapter to Apple Airplay/Airport

I'm succesfully streaming my audio to an Apple Airport very easily. I'm considering purchasing a device which enables me to stream my music wirelessly using the network. I would like to stream using ...
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What video capture boards are “plug-and-play” compatible?

I'm looking for a video capture board that works in Ubuntu without a lot of painful configuration or hassles. I'm looking for an external USB-2.0 based capture board and I would prefer one with an ...
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What do I do when bad sectors are reported?

Ubuntu says I have bad sectors on my laptop (186 of them to be exact) and sometimes can't even boot - I'm running a live CD now. Is it the end for my HD? If yes, any recommendations for a good laptop ...
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What wireless mice work well with Ubuntu? [closed]

I'm in desperate need of a decent comfortable mouse that will give me maximum performance on Ubuntu. I'm looking at a wireless Microsoft mouse, but I am concerned it will not work effectively with ...
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Smooth fullscreen 1080p playback

My computer has a PCI Express x16 socket on the motherboard. What is the minimum graphics card I need to get smooth fullscreen 1080p playback?
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Can you recommend a very quiet or silent laptop that will work well with Ubuntu? [closed]

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 ...
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Support for hardware components

How can I find out if Ubuntu supports a particular hardware component, that is, if it works in Ubuntu? I am going to put together a computer and I am choosing components. How do I know if Ubuntu ...
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Which wireless keyboards and mice are compatible? [closed]

Could I know, what wireless keyboard and mouse work fine with ubuntu for a desktop. Last time I installed it on my desktop, my mouse just got froze!! Then i stopped using it. I really wanna use ...
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what kind of support or performance can i expect from ubuntu on a chromebook?

has anyone installed a ubuntu on a chromebook (acer or samsung ) yet? What has been the experience so far? What kind of hardware support is there? Are you getting expected performance?
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Will a laptop with hybrid HDD + SSD run Ubuntu?

So my ol' X71SL is starting to show its age and as much as it saddens me, I think I'll need a new daily driver and I am very intered in the Asus UX32VD. I intend to dual boot if I end up buying it, ...
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How is Logitech C510 HD Webcam

I am going to buy Logitech C510 HD webcam and I just checked on other questions here on AskUbuntu that it works out of the box with cheese. Jorge's response also confirm this and I feel confident ...
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Is hardware support for the Lenovo G580 laptop really that bad?

I am planing to buy a Lenovo G580 (59-324061) laptop. I found it is the best laptop in that price range. However, if I Google it for support in Ubuntu, I see many people complaining about driver ...
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Best graphics card to use with 10.10 [closed]

I am a gamer running on Ubuntu 10.10 with a G92 [GeForce 9800 GTX+] graphics card using the binary drivers. It runs alright, but even on simple games like teeworlds and minecraft I find they can max ...
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Which netbook: Atom or Fusion?

I am looking to buy a netbook that will last for a few years. It will be used for browsing and I want it to be snappy. Seeing as rendering and video decoding will be making more use of the GPU going ...
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Intel Atom Z2760 compatible with Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Does anyone know if Intel Atom Z2760 is supported by Ubuntu? I am interested by 2 different tablets: Samsung XE500TIC-ao1nl tablet pc Acer Iconia W510 10.1-inch Tablet Both have a CPU with Intel ...
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What are the minimum hardware requirements for 11.04 'Natty'? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are 11.04's system requirements? I performed an upgrade from 10.10 to 11.04 beta, to see if I could help with polishing the system before release. It was ...
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Ubuntu friendly laptop equivalent to MacBook Pro [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Which computers are guaranteed to work? I am in the market for a new high-end Ubuntu laptop, and I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations. My requirements ...
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How to buy preinstalled Ubuntu laptop or other Linux laptop? Possible online?

I am trying to categorize threads where people are just trying to get a Unix laptop or a Linux laptop. It means the laptop is designed to work with Unix or Linux with freedom-respecting way: without ...
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Does anyone know of a wireless N card that works out of the box?

So far I have tried: Tenda W322P Addon ADD-NWP210 Neither work on Meerkat. Both worked out the box with windows 7.
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Any really decent way to get three monitors?

What satisfactory solutions are there to achieve three monitors on Ubuntu? I know some ATI cards (Eyefinity) can support 3 monitors from a single card, but I don't know how well this is supported ...
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Which dual-head video card(s) are guaranteed to work in twin view on 10.04 or 11.04 with minimal tinkering?

After trying (quite unsuccessfully) to get a Matrox G450 to work in twin view, I've gone another direction and am shopping for new, compatible hardware. I have searched the threads and found the list ...
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What DAB+ radio tuners work well with Ubuntu?

I currently have an FM tuner hooked up to my desktop that I use to listen to the radio. Since my country is in the process of switching to the DAB+ standard, I was wondering whether there are any ...
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Does the Intel 320 SSD work out-of-the-box?

I am a non-techie person, so I will ask my question in plain English: I have a ThinkPad T510 with a SATA II, 3 GB interface. I am thinking about a new drive and installing a 12.04 ISO in April. The ...
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What should I consider when purchasing a (flatbed) scanner?

I'm considering purchasing a new USB flatbed scanner for my parents whose laptop is running Ubuntu (10.04 LTS - Lucid Lynx). Doing a quick search around I found this thread over in the forums: ...
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Recommendation on buying an USB TV tuner (analog OR hybrid) that will work?

It seems that most PCI TV tuner cards do have some support for Linux. I'm not sure though about the USB ones (analog OR hybrid). Do you have any experience that you could share regarding USB TV ...
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What tablets would be good for running Kubuntu Active?

Looking at getting a tablet and installing Kubuntu Active Precise daily. Which ones would run it best?
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What fanless ATI Radeon cards work with the open-source drivers?

I am building four Intel Core i5 desktop systems. The systems should run Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and be used for watching HD movies, Youtube etc. not for gaming. I want to use fanless ATI Radeon cards and ...