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Laptop and Notebook Manufacturers - Linux Compatibility Status

This is an overview of more than 150 laptop and notebook manufacturers and their current Linux support status. Unfortunately even in this times of Linux success, support by laptop manufacturers is seldom, or if provided not much helpful. Though the marketing departments of some major manufacturers have announced Linux support for their laptops, it was often not developed or silently dropped. Here is a history of blurb, rumours, vaporware and false alarms concerning Linux laptops. Because of the rapid development (every manufacturer creates new models almost every three months) and the specific hardware of mobile computer devices (see Linux Mobile Guide - Installing, Maintaining and Tuning of Linux on Mobile Computers), it's important to have current and reliable information about the Linux compatibility of laptops and notebooks. Imagine you have bought such an expensive device and it doesn't work perfectly with your favorite operating system. Therefore the survey is accompanied by hints to Linux laptop certifications, independent Linux laptop and notebook vendors and resellers and how to get rid of the "Microsoft Tax". Besides Linux also other UniXes are mentioned and some hints about laptops with other CPUs than from Intel are included. The survey will be updated constantly.

Note: manufacturer links are pointing to the companies websites, for Linux information on specific models see the right column labelled "more". Some manufacturers don't produce laptops anymore or have ceased to exist, but they are still included in this survey.

Manufacturer Manufacturer
Remarks Community
4tiitoo   more
4MBO   more
ABS   more
Acer some models are even (or have been) available with Linux pre-installed more
Acorn   more
Acturion   more
Actina   more
Advent   more
ADCO ADCO   more
Akia   more
Airis   more
AJP   more
Alcam   more
Aldi see Medionmore
AlienWare   more
Altima   more
Amadeus   more
AmiTech   more
Amrel   more
AMS   more
Angel Computer   more
AOPEN   more
Apple Computer Inc. no more booting alternative OSs? PowerPC, 68000 CPUsmore
Applied Data Systems - ADS   more
Ambra  more
Anadem   more
Aquado   more
Arima   more
Aristo   more
ARM   more
Artist   more
Ashton Digital   more
AST  more
ASMobile   more
ASUS the pressmay be purchased without operating system, some models are available with AMD CPU and one model is even available with Linux pre-installedmore
AT&T  more
Austin  more
Averatec  former Sotecmore
Bacoc   more
Baycom  more
BCOM   more
Beijing Peace East Technology - Porient   more
Belinea   more
BenQ   more
Best   more
BlueGear   more
Broadax   more
Bullman   more
Canon   more
Carapelli   more
CASIO   more
CDC   more
Cebop  [archived link]   more
Chaplet Systems  more
Chembook   more
Cherrypal   more
Chicony   more
ChiliGreen  more
ChiTech   more
Clevo   more
Comex   more
Commodore laptops seem to be out of productionmore
Compal  OEMmore
Compaq sponsoring of Handhelds.org (fusion with HP in 2002)more
CompuAdd   more
CTX  [archived link]   more
CyberNet   more
CyberPower   more
CyberStar   more
Daewoo   more
DataCask   more
Datron  more
DEC  more
DELL DELL , DELL Linux laptop support , the press, some models are even available with Linux pre-installed more
DevonIT   more
Diablo-Computer   more
Dialogue Technology Corp.   more
Digimate   more
Digital   more
Digitek   more
DiTech   more
Dolch   more
DynaNote  more
Edge   more
EliteGroup Computer Systems - ECS (DE) available pre-equipped with Thiz Linux , the pressaka ECS more
Electrovaya   more
Element Computer pre-equipped with Lycoris Desktop/LX Tablet Edition more
Elonex   more
ELV   more
eMachines   more
EmperorLinux   more
Emtec Manufacturer pre-install Linux, Microsoft operating systems are not available for the MIPS-CPU. more
Enface   more
Enpower   more
EPS   more
Escom   more
EuroCom   more
Everex   more
Evesham  see Hi-Grademore
Faet   more
Falcon   more
First International Computer, Inc. - FIC   more
Fosa   more
FTec   more
Fujitsu (US)  some models are available with CRUSOE CPU by TransMeta , the pressmore
Fujitsu-Siemens Fujitsu-Siemens  more
FutureCast   more
FutureTech   more
Gateway   more
General Dynamics Itronix   more
GEO Mobile Computer  more
Gericom  see also Targa , some models are available with CRUSOE CPU by TransMeta more
Getac   more
Giga-Byte   more
Gooroo   more
GreenBell Systems Inc.   more
GRiD Computer Systems Inc.   more
Haier   more
Halikan  more
Hasee   more
Hercules   more
Hi-Grade   more
Hitachi   more
Hitron   more
Hewlett-Packard - HP HP - Linux Support , IrDA and Wireless LAN support by Jean Tourrilhes - HP Labs , a paper from HP with installation instructions for Linux running on nc4200, tc4200, nc6110, nc6120, nx6110, nx6120, nc6220, nc6230, nc8230, and nx8220 [PDF], the presssome models are even (or have been) available with Linux pre-installedmore
Hewlett-Packard - HP COMPAQ  more
HTC   more
Hunday   more
Hyrican (Schneider)   more
HyperData   more
HyperSonic   more
Lenovo (former IBM) some ThinkPad models are certified by SuSE , ACP modem (Mwave) drivers , the press, some models are even available with Linux pre-installed more
Ideaprogress   more
Inetech   more
InsightSolutions available pre-equipped with LindowsOS  more
Integral   more
Inventec   more
IPC ArchTec   more
iRu   more
Issam  more
Jet   more
Jetta   more
Jewel   more
JVC   more
Kapok   more
KDS   more
Keynux   more
Kontron   more
KTX  more
Lap-Top SuperStore   more
Lifetec  more
Legend (Levono)   more
Lenovo   more
Lemote   more
LG Electronics   more
Lifetec  more
Linare pre-installed Linux more
LinComp pre-installed Linux more
LinuxCertified pre-installed Linux more
Lion   more
Lynx   more
Macom  more
MaxData   more
MaxSelect  manufacturer sells laptops with ALT Linux pre-installed, but at least one TuxMobil visitor states that Linux support is bad more
MaxTech   more
MBO  more
Mecer   more
Media Markt   more
Medion  see also ASUSmore
Micron PC - MPC   more
Micro\CE   more
MicroPoint   more
MicroStar International - MSI  in Germany Medion owns the trademark MicroStarmore
Mitac   more
Mitsubishi   more
Mitsumi   more
MotionComputing   more
Movita   more
M-Tech   more
MyBook   more
MyNote   more
NatureTech  [archived link]  SPARC CPUs, available with Solarismore
NCR   more
NEC   more
NeoWare   more
Nexoc   more
Nextcomputing   more
NorhTec   more
NorthGate  more
NoteBookProgress see IdeaProgress above more
NovaTech   more
National SemiConductor - NSC   more
Odys   more
Oki   more
Olidata   more
Olivetti  laptops seem to be out of productionmore
One   more
One Laptop Per Child - OLPC   more
OQO   more
PaceBlade manufacturer support  more
Packard Bell   more
Palmax   more
Panasonic   more
PeaCock   more
PegoCom   more
Pepper   more
Philips   more
Pico   more
Pioneer Computers Australia   more
PolyWell   more
PowerNoteBooks   more
Prestigio   more
ProMedion   more
ProStar   more
QDI   more
Quanta   more
Quantex   more
R Cubed   more
Ricoh   more
Rockdirect   more
Rockiger   more
RODA   more
RoverBook   more
Rugged Notebooks   more
Sager   more
Samsung   more
Santech   more
SavRow   more
Sceptre   more
Schenker   more
SEH   more
Sharp   more
Shinada  more
Siemens  laptops seem to be out of production, but see Fujitsu-Siemensmore
Siemens-Nixdorf   more
SmartBook  see Issammore
Smart-Tec  more
Smilebook   more
SonicBlue   more
Sony  some models are available with AMD CPU, some models are available with CRUSOE CPU by TransMeta more
Sotec   more
StoS   more
Sun MicroSystems   more
Sylvania   more
System76   more
Systemax  more
TabletKiosk   more
Tadpole the pressx86 as well as SPARC CPUs (Solaris), PA-RISC CPUs (HP-UX) refurbished systems on demand onlymore
Targa  see also Gericommore
Tarox   more
Tatung   more
TheLinuxStore   more
Texas-Instruments - TI  laptops seem to be out of production, but see ACERmore
TidalPower   more
TsingHua TongFang (THTF)   more
Topline   more
Toshiba Toshiba Linux Support (JP) , the press more
TPG   more
Transmonde  more
Transtec  some models are available with Linux pre-equipped, or without pre-installed OSmore
Tulip   more
Tuxfarm   more
Twinhead   more
UMAX   more
Uniwill   more
UPI   more
Velocity Micro   more
Versiya   more
ViewSonic pre-installed Linux more
Viglen   more
Vobis   more
Vodoo   more
vpr Matrix   more
Waibel GmbH   more
Walmart   more
Winbook   more
WiPro   more
Wistron OEM more
Wortmann  offered a pre-equipped Linux laptop in Germany in 2001, see also ASUS, the pressmore
Xephi   more
Xeron   more
Xplore Technologies OEM more
Xybernaut   more
Yakumo   more
ZaReason   more
Zenith Data Systems  laptops seem to be out of productionmore
Zepto   more
Zhongke Menglang Electronics - ZKML   more
Zitech   more
Zonbu   more
@Book  more

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