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#1 2014-03-06 23:38:41

Glabofabo
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Help: what is a good laptop for debian?

I'm looking for a laptop that's mid-high-end for use with Debian. Although I play very few games, I enjoy one FPS called xonotic. I find the graphics to be more distracting then helpful, so I turn off resource-intensive features. However, I do a lot of scientific/mathematical work, so something with good processing power for numerical computations of chemical reactions etc. would be great.

I usually use OSX, but I want Debian for multiple reasons. The first is that the machine is useful to learn how the innards of a computer works– linux is a learning experience. The second is security: I would like a bulletproof computer. Debian stable matches this desire. Finally, I feel that apple clutters up its new computer interface with more and more useless features driven towards incompetent users.

I'm considering the following:
Lenovo Thinkpad T440(something)

Advantages:
Modifiable Hardware
Durable machine
Extra Hard Drive
Recommended by Linux Community

Disadvantages:
New clickpad is apparently a piece of shit
Fan problems reported
Display problems reported

Macbook Pro(for dual boot):
Advantages:
-Allows use of mac osx easily so I can dual boot
-Nice looking
-Retina display is very good
-Generally well put-together

Disadvantages:
-A pain to install linux
-Annoying clickpad (once again)
-Unswapable hardware
-Less durable due to tight casing
-SSD is rather expensive and there's no space for an additional optical drive

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#2 2014-03-07 04:21:15

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Re: Help: what is a good laptop for debian?

Pretty much any laptop would do that isn't a fucking Mac or a heavily locked down Win8 laptop with the Secure Boot shit at the UEFI level.

If you want security, go for something like Hardened Gentoo or Alpine. Though I guess you could just put in PaX, grsecurity, SELinux and LUKS disk encryption on any distro.


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#3 2014-03-07 04:25:46

loon_attic
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Re: Help: what is a good laptop for debian?

Fuck SELinux.


sloth wrote:

Comfy does not provide challenge, challenge provides success, success provides happiness. Our world is not comfy, although we tried to make it so. Slaves of our own inventions, yada, yada. Not only on a technological level, also on a social and political level. Nothing more but apes. Apes with psychosomatic disorders.

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#4 2014-03-07 04:27:05

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Re: Help: what is a good laptop for debian?

Lunatic wrote:

Fuck SELinux.

FREEZE, TERRORIST SCUM. YOU ARE UNDER NSA SURVEILLANCE.


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#5 2014-03-07 12:31:29

Swift
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Registered: 2012-06-10
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Re: Help: what is a good laptop for debian?

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