Before I buy my next laptop, I'd like to make sure that it will work perfectly with Ubuntu. Is there a list of completely supported computers anywhere?

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    The way it stands, it's subjective, and it will lead to a "my-laptop-is-better-than-yours" question. :)
    – jrg
    Dec 3, 2011 at 11:44
  • ok @jrg, but is there a place where I can find laptops that is supported?
    – Alvar
    Dec 3, 2011 at 12:00
  • I think this question should be generalized so that it sounds like "how do I find laptops that is officially/fully supported by Ubuntu?"
    – Lie Ryan
    Dec 3, 2011 at 12:16
  • I don't see this question as primarily opinion-based, though it depends on how you interpret the words "guaranteed", "perfectly", and "completely".
    – wjandrea
    Apr 6, 2018 at 19:03

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There is an ongoing QA effort for Laptops and Desktops in the Ubuntu Community - you can find that information here:

Old Ubuntu Laptop Reports and for everything 11.04 and onwards, Laptop Testing Site

You can find the reports for Lucid tested Laptops tests here: 10.04 Lucid Laptop Tests. The best course of action is to find a handful of laptops you're interested in then check the Reports on each.

If you feel compelled to help you can find more information at the Laptop Testing page.

Finally there is a detailed list of compatible systems on the Ubuntu Certification page.

  • So.. when running a live CD (or after installation), I can run through a test suite. Is this the same test suite referred to at the laptop testing site? Are there plans to compile the results of those user tests into that database? I was initially expecting that they would be already integrated into it, but based on the very low number of test results, it seems that that is not (yet?) the case.
    – intuited
    Apr 1, 2011 at 12:03
  • @intuited I don't know those details - I would recommend asking a new question on this site to get an expert with knowledge of the testing procedure to weigh in Apr 1, 2011 at 12:11
  • Done.
    – intuited
    Apr 1, 2011 at 15:23
  • Well Ubuntu Friendly is not too promising - Three notebooks rated by one user each...
    – guntbert
    Jan 10, 2013 at 21:48

This page on ubuntu.com has the breakdown of certified machines by manufacturer and model type.


If you get a computer with Ubuntu preinstalled, it's guaranteed to work with Ubuntu. Dell and System76 are the two most recommended companies from which to get Ubuntu computers.

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    A side benefit of this route is showing the computer manufacturers see that there is a demand for PCs with something other than Windows preinstalled.
    – David Z
    Jul 28, 2010 at 21:14
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    Agree with David - that's Bug #1 for Ubuntu bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+bug/1 Jul 28, 2010 at 21:20
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    The problem is that there is a new ubuntu every 6 months. Just because it works with the version installed when you buy it, does not mean it will work on the next ubuntu release.
    – trampster
    Oct 6, 2010 at 9:03
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    @trampster In my experience, hardware compatibility only improves with time (these days - the 2.4 to 2.6 kernel change did affect hardware compatibility). The exceptions are some things like the Synaptic touchpad configuration regression w/ Hal. Oct 30, 2010 at 18:04
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    I've never owned a machine that came with ubuntu pre-installed, but I would not expect a guarantee of things working correctly after upgrades. Most problems seem to be caused by regression bugs in device drivers and such. Although vendors (Dell, Acer, etc.) could take the initiative to thoroughly test their supported models during ubuntu code freeze periods and to provide fixes for issues if necessary before official release, I would be somewhat surprised to learn that they actually do this.
    – intuited
    Apr 1, 2011 at 4:59

Another retailer for preinstalled Ubuntu systems is ZaReason.


It's too general a question to make one specific recommendation so your best solution is to look at the Ubuntu Certified Hardware page.

You can review which laptop best suits your requirements by the manufacturer of your choice.

It lists all the laptops certified for Ubuntu by release as well

  • This is problaby the best place to start looking. But is there a site that rates how much of a specific computer is supported?
    – Alvar
    Dec 3, 2011 at 12:00
  • Not that I am aware of - the Ubuntu Wiki for hardware support has some further links for research. Dec 3, 2011 at 12:09

There is a wiki page of supported hardware, but I don't think it's fully exhaustive. The motherboard I'm using works fine and doesn't appear anywhere on that list.

  • Perhaps you could add the details of your motherboard to the list? Oct 6, 2010 at 12:34
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    @Richard: Sensible suggestion, but it's described as an "Immutable Page". Perhaps I don't have the required edit permissions. I'm using a Gigabyte GA-MA785GT-UD3H 785G Socket AM3 motherboard if you have edit access and would like to add it. I'll add the disclaimer though that I am far from an Ubuntu or Linux expert so all I can verify is that it appears to function acceptably. I cannot say for certain that every aspect of the motherboard is tested and functions correctly. Oct 6, 2010 at 13:12
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    Fair enough. On that basis I have added the category / sub category and page which is at wiki.ubuntu.com/Gigabyte_GA-MA785GT-UD3H. Please check you are happy with the content as I have quoted you and let me know if you want me to make any changes. Oct 6, 2010 at 22:10
  • @Richard: Nice one. Oct 7, 2010 at 7:40

Another way is get some flashdrive with ubuntu and test at the store

  • You can also use a LiveCD
    – DrKenobi
    Oct 13, 2010 at 3:36
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    The stores often don't allow customers to test bootable media.
    – nanofarad
    Nov 1, 2012 at 11:15
  • @hexafraction And I don't have a Lenovo store in my area.
    – Michael
    Jan 30, 2015 at 2:50

Laptop compatibility information here : http://www.linux-laptop.net/

Some details about DELL compatibility with Ubuntu here: http://www.linux-laptop.net/dell.html

But alas, no mention of the Inspiron 13z.


There is an open hardware validation programme for laptops, desktops, and netbooks called Ubuntu Friendly. It is still under works, and will probably will launched for 11.10.

The launchpad project is located here

The idea is to allow anyone to test any hardware, and report the results back. Multiple positive results for the same hardware will result in a Ubuntu Friendly certification.

  • Ubuntu Friendly was decommissioned in 2013. Sep 3, 2015 at 15:57

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