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The top five Linux desktop vendors


It’s really not that hard to give Linux a try on a desktop or notebook. But, I get it. Not everyone is comfortable with burning operating system ISOs to a CD and then booting a computer from it. If that’s you, or a friend of yours, then consider just buying a PC or laptop that has Linux on it that’s ready to go.

Unfortunately, you can’t just go down to your local Best Buy or Sam’s Club and get one. While Linux PCs show up from time to time in retail outlets, the odds are against you finding one. Instead, you’re going to need to order one online. The good news is that there are numerous, well-regarded vendors that carry Linux systems.

Indeed, many big name computer manufacturers, such as Dell, HP, and Lenovo will sell you, or your business anyway, Linux PCs. I’m sorry to say though that even Dell, which at one time did a good job of supporting Ubuntu Linux, has made it very hard to pre-order Linux-powered PCs. It can still be done, but it’s not easy, and the truth of the matter is none of these vendors currently make it easy for an individual to buy a Linux PC.

Instead, your best move is to buy a Linux desktop or notebook from one of the smaller vendors that specialize in Linux. You may not have heard of these companies but they’ve all been in business for a long time and delivery quality goods. You can buy from them with confidence.

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