Friday, October 10, 2014

Nice New Laptop Computers For Your Ham Shack Running Linux

Dual Boot with Linux and Windows 8.1
  There are some decent Laptop Computers on Amazon and Ebay that are running various distributions of Linux. If you are buying new I would check with the manufacturer to see if they have an extended warranty or an accidental warranty. This way if you damage it by breaking the lcd display or spilling something on it you can get a replacement. I have seen way too many times when a laptop is out of warranty the manufacturer will not do anything and just say were sorry you are out of warranty by a week for example. Yes there are some manufacturers that will help out a customer, because they know it is good business and customers will keep coming back.
Has Windows 8.1 so Add Linux
  So you may be asking what are the best brands of laptop available today. Well I see a wide variety of models and brands come in for repair. If I am going to recommend some I would say Asus, Lenovo, Dell, Sony and Toshiba. If you go for a Hewlett Packard just check on the warranty. There have been groups of various models that were known to have motherboard problems. It is true that any brand may have a bad component from time to time. Unfortunately you never know how it was handled in manufacturing. In fact today as I was walking through shipping I saw the person checking in a motherboard coming in for a customer. The person had the motherboard sitting on the static bag. This is a big problem, because the board can be damaged by static electricity and you will never know it. The second problem is the person is not using any ESD Protection. They wonder why a new board does not work or only lasts in the field for a short time. I love it because they blame the place where the board came from. Not a good way to run a business.
  Some of these laptops may be using Ubuntu or maybe Mint. The nice thing is you can always make it a multiboot system and install a different distribution of Linux. It just depends on what flavor of Linux you like. You can of course have a windows 7 or windows 8.1 system and dual boot it with a Linux Distribution. There are many many good brands of laptops available. So check out the Laptop Computers on Ebay for some good deals. Of course there are many programs for Ham radio, such as Loggers that are open source to use. There are some full programs for Ham Radio that I have mentioned in other posts on this Blog. Nowadays the hard drives in the systems have plenty of room to install the programs you may want to run. Microprocessors are much faster and more memory can be added. So take advantage of the awesome Linux operating systems and do some rag chewing.
  Thank You for reading from Dan KC2YTI 73s. 

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