Recommendations on best Notebook for Linux

I've moved to Linux; no problem on my desktop, but my Dell 1720 laptop's wireless incompatibility is causing me big headaches. I'm selling it and buying a smaller machine.

An MSI Wind would suffice, but the Linux model doesn't seem to be available in New Zealand. I resent paying for Windows if I don't have to.

Looking for recommendations from satisfied users of machines up to 12" screen.
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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerAsked:
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drpoppersConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I've got an EEE 701 with Eee UBuntu on it ( and it works great, I needed to run a couple of scripts to fix bit's like the function keys but it's all documented on the site.

I've also got a Dell Latitude D630 which I've just installed Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex on. Every little bit of it works first time out of the box no messing about, Linux on laptops is finally getting there.
jazzIIIloveConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Hi there;

there's no such a thing as a perfect linux laptop.

but yes, thinkpads have always had a good linux support.

also because dell is shipping laptops with ubuntu linux, they're well supported under other distros too. Tweaking is sometimes hard as in your issue...I understand your case...

Best regards...
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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
What about the eeePC of ASUS? It originally comes with a Xandros version, but I've heard of other Distro's that support it.
Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerAuthor Commented:
Bought a Linux eeePC 901. It's excellent for my needs. Just need to figure out how to install Ubuntu.
Thanks for the input.
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