ideas for laptop selection

Paul Boddie paul at
Tue May 2 15:47:33 UTC 2017

On Tuesday 2. May 2017 17.23.16 Daniel Pocock wrote:
> On 02/05/17 16:54, Paul Boddie wrote:
> > 
> > P.S. There are hardware pages on the FSFE Wiki that should be documenting
> > these things.
> Is this type of thing duplicated between FSFE, FSF, LibrePlanet and
> other wikis?

Probably. The page on the FSFE Wiki was maintained as an attempt to provide 
updated vendor information, though, whereas the FSF seem to maintain a 
hardware database and some kind of list of recommendations.

Maintaining vendor lists is fairly tiresome, though, because the Web sites 
tend to change and products get retired without a trace. Also, it isn't clear 
whether people get much use out of the above page. Since the usability has 
been somewhat impaired by the removal of the table-sorting (and "nicer on the 
eyes" editing) functionality since the wiki was migrated, it is now probably 
almost as much of a chore to investigate the listed vendors as it is to 
maintain the list.

In any case, it is possibly better to focus on vendors that offer products to 
a higher standard than merely not foisting Windows on people when they buy 
something, although vendors that do allow people to "build" their own computer 
are useful to know about.


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