What is the Best Laptop to develop with a Linux OS?

The major risk is when you need warranty repairs, thus a brand without official representation in UK is out of question for me.

Also, saw here that System76 is just not worth in terms of quality/price:

For the money that I have spent on this machine, I would say that the overall quality of the material, keyboard and overall feel of the laptop it not what I would expect for a laptop in this price range.

To start, there is a fair amount of flex when you press the back the laptop when the lid is closed. You may think that this is a bit picky, but when I walk around carrying the laptop with your hands over the back section, I can feel the case flex a little and I can’t help but worry that I may be doing some damage.

And, the same guy, says you can find the same laptops under other brand in a UK reseller, just not with the same customization level:

This probably comes down to this laptop model being relatively cheap. I found the same laptop available at pcspecialist.co.uk for around £305.00. However, the options they offer for custamisation are lower spec than those offered by System76 e.g. there are no i7 processors available for this model.

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I’ve had pretty good luck with Dell XPS 13s. My main complaint on this last rev of the 13" is that the Linux model is capped at 16GB. The consumer model goes up to 32GB and I don’t understand why.


Sounds like marketing decisions, not technical limitations.

I am looking to buy one that has at least 32GB :wink:

I was looking to try something different from a Thinkpad, but it seems that I will continue on the Lenovo brand.


Thinkpads also have a huge resale value… just browse Ebay and you will see laptops with 8 years or more being sold by a lot of money.

For example this W520 from 2011:


My nephew bought one of them and I was really impressed by the specs, build quality and battery life - it was solidly built too didn’t feel at all ‘cheap’.

Memory limit is usually dictated by the motherboard, do they have different motherboards? Maybe that’s the reason?

Just get a Mac :rofl:

Just kidding! I don’t think there is an easy answer, other than to say compile a short-list then maybe go see them in person at PC World or something?

Let us know what you end up with! :nerd_face:


Not sure.

To clarify, my “and I don’t understand why” was with respect to why someone thinks a consumer needs 32GB and a developer doesn’t :wink:

I know the 15" comes with 32GB but that 13" model is consistently fantastic. I wouldn’t bump to the 15" myself.


Could you just get the ‘consumer’ model and just install Linux on it Jesse :laughing:

Does seem daft that their developer versions are capped at 16GB :thinking:

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Speaking of the Dell XPS… this just hit my YouTube feed, posting here in case anyone is interested…

The XPS looks stunning with those thin bezels.


Latitude 5480 (16GB RAM) running Ubuntu for the last two years.

I can’t say it’s the best as it’s what I’ve been using since I started and have no means of objectively comparing experiences. However, no major issues with the exception that I had to disable the trackpad when the lid is closed. Other than that it’s done well and I hope it continues to do so.


Heh, I could, but it’s a lot more expensive for the same components, IIRC. And I’d rather support the Linux side of the business.


I think I gave up of the new laptop idea, instead I will go with the invisible PC:


Haha do it Paulo! I have often thought about similar… but just for a mechanical keyboard :rofl:

The worst thing about MKs is that you have to use wrist rest, which means they take up too much room for my liking. I think a cut out for something like a Keyboardio Atreus (Mechanical) (Ergonomic) (Ortholinear) would be perfect, with some slight adjusters to allow you to move it up/down the desk.

You should be the first to do it Paulo :nerd_face: :joy:


I never got that thing about the keyboards… I am not picky with them at all :thinking:

For me they just need to have a track point :grin:


Is it just a Lenovo thing then? :thinking:


Dell also have them, but I think I read somewhere they are not quite the same:


Is Lenovo a good brand in terms of quality?


Nowadays no one is good in terms of quality as they used to be, and this includes any reputable brand from any type of thing you buy.

Regarding Lenovo I advise you to stick with the genuine Thinkpad series. Thinkpad L series are not a true Thinkpad, they are just leveraging the famous reputation of the name to sell low end machines.

Any brand you want to buy from must be exhaustively researched in the Internet for common issues to see if one arises that is very inconvenient, but the problem is that with some status brands users downplay the issues or do not even talk too much about them in the Internet.


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A friend got a Lenovo Legion Pro 5, although it is a gaming laptop, he says it is good.


Same here. Using it to play Valorant, while at the same time as my dev machine.