"A look through most department store catalogues reveals a bevy
of alleged 'deal' laptops; you know the type--cheap and cheerful,
sub-$1,000--but far from bleeding-edge specs. These may be naff at
resource-hungry Windows apps but can be a great Linux machine for
no extra cost. But can you check out any hardware gotchas prior to
purchase, and be sure the Penguin will run?
"Happily, yes. Here's two ways. One is to buy a laptop which
comes with Linux pre-installed (a pretty good guarantee it will
work!) and the second is to consult online, regularly-updated,
lists of laptops which are known to have available Linux
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