That's great to hear. The last thing I'd want our students to do is to troubleshoot drivers after borrowing a laptop!
From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Chuck McAndrew
Sent: Thursday, March 14, 2019 1:28 PM
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Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Linux preloaded laptops
In our case, we had no driver issues at all. They *Just Work*™. They are Vostro
3558 that are a few years old at this point.
We are a public library, so we loan them out for use by patrons who don't have access to a computer on their own. They go out for a semester at a time and are mainly marketed to high school and college students who need laptops though we don't restrict them.
On Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 2:25 PM Junior Tidal <[log in to unmask]>
> Thanks, Chuck! This is really useful.
> One question, after installing Ubuntu on the Dells, did you have any
> issues with drivers? Lenovo noted that the wireless modem in their
> models (and speakers/mics in others) didn't work with Ubuntu and
> required a 2nd boot to get them up and running.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Code for Libraries [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of
> Chuck McAndrew
> Sent: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 12:33 PM
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> Subject: Re: [CODE4LIB] Linux preloaded laptops
> Hi Junior,
> We do loan linux laptops. We are using dell laptops. They came with
> windows, but linux runs fine on them. We install Ubuntu in OEM mode so
> that patrons can set up their own accounts when they get the laptops.
> When the laptops are returned we just clone our master copy of the OS
> making sure everything is brand new for the next patron. We use clonezilla to do this.
> That being said, there are a number of vendors that do have linux
> preloaded. Dell has their XPS13 developer model (
> System76 has linux native laptops (
> as do purism (
> and think penguin (
> Even HP is now offering linux laptops (
> On Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 4:21 PM Junior Tidal
> <[log in to unmask]>
> > Hi all,
> > Does your library loan Linux laptops? If so, I was wondering if
> > anyone had any vendor recommendations.
> > I was planning on using Lenovo, but their machines don't have Linux
> > pre-installed and there are driver issues with some of their systems.
> > Best,
> > Junior
> > Junior Tidal
> > Associate Professor
> > Web Services and Multimedia Librarian New York City College of
> > Technology, CUNY
> > 300 Jay Street, Rm L434
> > Brooklyn, NY 11201
> > 718.260.5481
> > http://library.citytech.cuny.edu<http://library.citytech.cuny.edu/>
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