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#1 2013-02-07 08:05:15

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ThinkPenguin - How is it?

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#2 2013-02-08 00:18:53

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Re: ThinkPenguin - How is it?

I don't have any experience with them. However I just want to mention that briefly looking over their laptops, that they charge an arm and a leg for some of the upgrades. It costs an additional $99 to buy the 500GB hard disk. With that money you can buy a 1TB disk retail or a small SSD. They charge $62 for 4GB of memory. If you buy the memory yourself you can get more (8GB) for less ($50). $13 for a 2GB USB flash drive? Say what!

Edit: Just to add, not even manufacturers like Dell charge you so much for upgrades.

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#3 2013-02-08 19:43:15

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Re: ThinkPenguin - How is it?

That is a very constructive response, thanks for that.

The company claims that the prices are so high because you are guaranteed that the components will work out of the box with any OS without any drivers. Nonetheless, it does seem a tad overpriced. I was just curious if anyone had any experience with the items they're offering and if it's worth the hassle - or rather worth the buck.

Not that I wish to spend that much on a computer, but some of the accessories look interesting. Namely the keyboard. Not sure I ever saw a dedicated keyboard for Linux

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#4 2013-02-08 21:34:45

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Re: ThinkPenguin - How is it?

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#5 2013-02-08 21:51:10

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Re: ThinkPenguin - How is it?

That's not fair. Wanting to buy a Linux laptop is natural when all you wish to run is Linux.

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#6 2013-02-08 22:01:39

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Re: ThinkPenguin - How is it?

There is no such thing as a linux laptop.  There are only laptops marketed as being for linux, which will cost you more.

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#7 2013-02-08 22:07:49

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Re: ThinkPenguin - How is it?

Yes, I agree. I want the cheap laptops not to include Windows. I don't need it.

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#8 2013-02-09 01:02:00

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Re: ThinkPenguin - How is it?

I actually just ordered a dual band wireless n pci adapter for my ubuntu machine since ive had heck of a time with other usb adapters to connect to my router with ndiswrapper etc...  It was 60 some bucks with USPS shipping and hopefully will get it tomorrow.  For specific parts like wifi adapters it seemed worth it for the price if they can guarrantee easy no hassle setup with linux which I was having getting asus n13 and wnda3100 v2 usb adapters.  Anyway, I will update this post when I receive it and let you know my feedback on how the adapter install and setup goes.

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#9 2013-02-09 04:04:57

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#10 2013-02-10 22:25:06

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Re: ThinkPenguin - How is it?

ThinkPenguin is doing more than anybody to fix the hardware problem. They are working with the likes of Atheros to get out a newer USB adapter that is properly supported for example. Dell, System76, and others are contributing to the problem by comparison by using chipsets that are dependent on proprietary software. The reason the companies stuff works so well out of the box is because they understand the problems facing less technical users. There is no way Linux would work for a lot of people without ThinkPenguin (and not to mention for those of us whose time isn't worthless).

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#11 2013-02-10 22:38:39

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Re: ThinkPenguin - How is it?

I have to ask: are you affiliated with ThinkPenguin?

Anyways, for wireless chipsets (or any hardware), having completely open-source drivers only matters for some people. Intel's wireless may require non-free firmware, however the hardware is good and the Linux drivers do work well. It is no different than using the proprietary drivers for AMD or NVIDIA.

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#12 2013-02-11 00:03:00

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#13 2013-02-11 00:13:56

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#14 2013-02-11 01:27:38

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#15 2013-02-11 02:31:22

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Re: ThinkPenguin - How is it?

So basically the issue is when a company decides to discontiue support for a particular device or series of devices and in turn stops developing the (proprietary) driver. Having open source drivers would at least let the community continue it. Ok fair enough.

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#16 2013-02-12 01:40:31

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UPDATE:  I just got my wifi card today.  At first it didn't seem to work but that was because my pci slot was dirty and the connectors on the card got dirt on them.  After I blew the card and the slot, worked right out of he box.  1080p streaming youtube no install or ndiswrapper.  Its good in my book smile

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