What should we do about time specific questions? I voted to close this question: http://unix.stackexchange.com/questions/1203/which-2010-laptop-is-most-compatible-with-linux

The answers were fairly generic, but I don't think we should encourage questions like this. Maybe suggest that the question be re-asked in a more generic way: What to look for in a linux compatible laptop?


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Shopping and product recommendations should generally be considered off-topic and closed as "too localized."


I don't have a problem with it considering finding hardware that will run a Linux desktop (with compositing / wireless / and working media keys) is hard. laptop hardware is still quite proprietary. And because of the fact that there are so few answers I don't think this is a bad question to ask, though it could have asked vendors or product lines, which is the answers it got anyways.


I don't see a problem with it, personally. It's a common enough question in the Linux community.

The problem is that a question about the best 2010 laptops will be outdated and useless in a year or so. –  KeithB Aug 25 '10 at 10:55
Not really, since Linux is often used to revitalize old hardware. It would be helpful as long as you could tell when your hardware was manufactured. –  jjclarkson Aug 25 '10 at 20:39
@KeithB I disagree once hardware works on Linux it tends to continue to work. –  xenoterracide Aug 25 '10 at 22:02

I guess it is sligthly off-topic as reformulating the question into "how to check if laptop is linux compatible" (which is practically the same question) would be in-topic.


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