Armed with a fresh copy of Ubuntu 7.10, I'm always booting up systems to the LiveCD just to see if the core components will work well without modification. My list of "core components" includes the following:
- Basic System Functionality
- Networking (wired/wireless)
- Hard Drive Functionality
Systems that work perfectly without modification:
hp Compaq 2510p ultraportable laptop
hp Compaq 6710b laptop
hp Compaq nc6320 laptop
hp Compaq nc6120 laptop
(update 03-04-08)Note: In response to a recent comment, I highly recommend Dell for use with Linux systems simply for the fact that Dell is already selling systems with Ubuntu Linux on them(including the XPS M1330 and Inspiron 1525 notebooks and the Inspiron 530 desktop). Go Dell! The small list I've compiled above is only the systems that I've personally tested at my workplace. Other systems from HP, Dell, IBM, etc. probably work just as well with Linux, the difference being that I have not personally tested them.
Systems that work with minimal modification:
Apple MacBook (needed wireless driver to be compiled)
Special Devices that work with Ubuntu(kernel 2.6.22-14-generic) without modification:
CablesToGO USB 10/100 Ethernet Adapter Model 39998
lsusb -v output:
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0b95:7720 ASIX Electronics Corp.
idVendor 0x0b95 ASIX Electronics Corp.
iManufacturer 1 ASIX Elec. Corp.
Date Tested: 03-12-08