So, I’m in the market for a new laptop, the one I’m currently using is a battered, lovable LGE500 from a long time ago. But here’s the thing: I haaaaaaaate everything about Windows 8. I’m already running Fedora on the laptop, and use Windows 7 on my desktop.
I’ve been looking into getting a notebook that just comes with Linux out of the box. I’m smart enough to figure out working around SecureBoot, but not knowledgeable enough to write my own drivers. My current notebook has an ACPI configuration problem that proved to be unresolvable in Fedora. I just want something I know will work without issues. I looked at some System76 machines that are out of my price range. It seems Linux boxes are more expensive than their Windows counterparts.
Part of this is practical: I want a non-Windows laptop computer with enough oomph to run Inkscape without slowing down during more complicated operations. I also want Linux for GCC since I’m learning C, and getting it to run on MinGW in Windows is a pain. I kindsa sortsa want an optical drive but I’m not sure if I’m just being nostalgic. Most importantly I need portability, since I’m having to take this to campus where I spend a great deal of my time. Also: I don’t want to break the bank- which seems to rule out Apple.
Part of this is principled: I hate Windows 8. Not all Windows. Not even most Windows. Just Windows 8. I refuse to encourage the bastards. I don’t see them getting another cent from me until they create an operating system designed by people who don’t think “User Experience” is a dirty phrase.
Can I achieve my dreams?