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Discussion on: Best Laptops for Software Development in 2021

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leob

Ah cool, so it's in fact a lot better supported than I thought ...

Well actually I've installed Linux (mostly Ubuntu) on quite a few laptops, after wiping Windows or even dual boot - didn't have a lot of problems with drivers, I think Ubuntu is fairly complete with that, and it's getting better all the time - back then I still had to search and look for drivers and download them somewhere, or even compile from source, but I think nowadays that'll be rarely necessary anymore.

Even installed Ubuntu on a Mac a few times, what an adventure, that's a time consuming "hobby", but yeah even that worked.

But, it's good to hear that nowadays there are also well supported laptops available, with Linux preinstalled, from reputable manufacturers!

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Jonathan Boudreau

You might not necessarily have your wifi not work at all, but I've seen glitches in generic drivers (scroll not working sometimes, etc).

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leob

Yeah that would be annoying ... I thought that components and peripherals (and drivers) were so standardized nowadays that this might be a thing of the past, but I'm not doubting what you say ...

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Martin Vandersteen

For basic things such as Wi-Fi adapters, keyboards, touchpads, it mostly is a thing of the past.

There are still issues with Fingerprint readers or other more "specific" components though ! Still worth it to me ;)