Shopping for new laptop-harware to avoid for linux

I’m looking around at primarily lenovo laptops. I wanted to know what type of hardware or software to avoid for using leap 15.4.
Like AMD vs Intel, graphics types to avoid.

@1chip Hi, if it’s new Intel GPU it could be the new ARC flavor, which AFAIK is still work in progress.

Else it really depends on your use case, which is?

Home use, no gaming. Mostly internet, basic word processing, email, applying for jobs

skipping lenovo for now

The basic need is to make sure the distro you wish to use is at least 6 months newer than the hardware technology, and better 12. Otherwise you may find yourself embroiled in support that is incomplete. For 15.4 this means Alder Lake Intel remains a little too new for completeness, though it really shouldn’t be. RocketLake & TigerLake (11th gen) & older are good. OTOH, 15.5 is due soonish, already in beta last month, so should have full 12th gen support.

NVidia graphics and Intel graphics in the same laptop is known as Optimus, and high maintenance, regardless of age.

@mrmazda It depends, if want to play games (Steam/Proton), then yes I concur, if video editing, using as a compute node, then Prime Render Offload etc will work fine using intel for primary. Again in saying that it is also hardware specific if some are ported to HDMI…

@1chip I’d look at HP or Dell systems with either Intel or AMD, Quad Core, 16-32GB Ram, SSD or NVMe.

I would go for Dell, there systems work really well with opensuse. When with Acer I had to manually install the shim in the uefi

I have a Dell Venue 7130 Pro (Circa mid 2019), it’s an 11" Tablet running MicroOS GNOME Desktop, active pen, OSD keyboard etc all work fine, RAM is only 4GB and Intel i5-4300Y CPU @ 1.60GHz, , but works fine as only open a few applications at a time.

I have a dock for it which works without problems, likewise the detachable keyboard/touchpad has a battery as well.

If it’s just for using at home, maybe a mini pc will suffice if you have a monitor/keyboard/mouse?

I have a Mini-PC which has a 128GB SSD (easy to swap out for a larger one), this has 8GB of RAM and a Intel Celeron N5095 @ 2.00GHz, I was running Leap 15.4 on it for testing (It ran fine), but have swapped over to have it run as a MicroOS Minecraft server (testing the self install image and combustion)… Oh and it will run guc/huc for some video offload with the later kernels, not default Leap kernel.

Works like a charm: Lenovo Thinkbook Windows 11 / Tumbleweed dual boot

ok I’m dell shopping. Not familiar with dell models. Outlet has vostro, lattitude , xps, inspiron and convertable with 11th or 12th generation intel processors with intel iris xe graphics

@1chip I had a Dell Inspiron 5555 laptop a while back with a touchscreen and all worked fine. I would stick with 11th gen if you can…

Lenovo Thinkpad P16 also works like a charm (though quite an expensive charm, perhaps get the job first…). I have two old Ideapads here too, they’ve both been fine. I wouldn’t write Lenovo off.

I have about a dozen Dells. All are Optiplex models, but none new enough that you would want any that I have, thus pointless to report models. MD and other professional offices are big on Optiplex, making lots of them available as refurbs after 3-5 years of age or more - great deals.

How about a lenovo thinkpad yoga gen 3 with amd ryzen chip and graphics?

@1chip See Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (Gen 3) - ArchWiki (hopefully the firmware is updated)

Dell Inspiron 15 laptop with AMD Ryzen 7 5825U (Zen 3) chip works great here with Leap 15.5 Beta and Tumbleweed, except sleep. Dell seems t0 be moving to S2idle sleep, which works with Windows, but after doing a lot of research, seems to be broken on every linux distro. I’ve looked all over the internet, including Dell’s site and found no way to wake it up from sleep. The SSD boots so fast, I just shutdown when I’m done. Others are having luck with hibernation, but that’s not much faster than shutting down and powering back up. Other than that, I’m really impressed with the Ryzen 8 core, 16 thread chip. Built in graphics are very good as well.


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Some years ago I bought myself a Dell XPS 13 9370 for traveling.
I configured and bought it online and I selected Ubuntu as the OS (saved me money)
to be sure the notebook is 100% Linux compatibel.
Once arrived, I wiped Ubuntu and installed Leap.
Personally, I would never buy a notebook that does not come with Linux preinstalled
from the manufacturer.

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Did you consider going for a Laptop made for Linux?

Otherwise: For your use case you don’t need the latest high end hardware so there should not be any problems at all with Linux (leap). I would avoid Nvidia. They are usually consuming more battery and they are often dedicated which can make it more complicated to switch between two GPUs

I ended up getting this.
Processor 13th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-1335U Processor (E-cores up to 3.40 GHz P-cores up to 4.60 GHz)

Operating System Windows 11 Home 64

Graphic Card Integrated Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics

Memory 16 GB LPDDR5-5200MHz (Soldered)

Storage 512 GB SSD M.2 2242 PCIe Gen4 TLC

Display 16" WUXGA (1920 x 1200), IPS, Anti-Glare, Touch, 45%NTSC, 300 nits, 60Hz, LED Backlight, Narrow Bezel

Camera 1080P FHD with Dual Microphone and Privacy Shutter

Fingerprint Reader Fingerprint Reader

Pointing Device ClickPad

Keyboard Backlit, Storm Grey with Number Pad - English (US)

WLAN Wi-Fi 6 2x2 AX & Bluetooth® 5.1 or above