HP 455 Laptop Ubuntu, 8Gb RAM 1Tb HDD £199.98 @ ebuyer
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HP 455 Laptop Ubuntu, 8Gb RAM 1Tb HDD £199.98 @ ebuyer

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Found 27th May 2016
Down from £300.

AMD A10 7300 Quad core Accelerated Processor
with AMD Radeon™ Graphics
8GB RAM + 1TB
Webcam + 15.6" LED
Bluetooth + Ubuntu 12.04
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Great deal, but was thinking the A8 Amd, probook with Windows for 250.00, seems better quality, not sure
Meant the 250 probook on ebuyer, its aluminium I think
Shame about the battery life, but looks ideal apart for a nippy laptop apart from that! Looks like theres a bunch of wifi issues and HP's linux support is less than stella though.
If you're quick you can buy a windows 7 Pro licence key from a scrap computer and upgrade it for free to Win 10 if Linux isn't your thing. I got mine for a tenner from a company that's been around for 5 years and they sent me the Win 7 holographic sticker through the mail

Meant the 250 probook on ebuyer, its aluminium I think


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This one? The Ubuntu is a G2, the £250 one is a newer model the G3, this doesn't have DVD slot and is a bit slimmer.
Edited by: "winchman" 27th May 2016

Meant the 250 probook on ebuyer, its aluminium I think


ebuyer.com/724…abu
This one?

http://www.ebuyer.com/724179-hp-probook-455-g3-laptop-p4p60ea-abuThis one?


Yup that's the one
sounds too good to be true. Whats the catch?

sounds too good to be true. Whats the catch?


Trouble with wifi, update to Ubuntu 14 then 16 appears to solve it, fill yer boots. For the money pretty good i thought.

sounds too good to be true. Whats the catch?



The catch is it's not got windows installed, battery life isn't brilliant and the wi-fi is spotty with the installed version of Ubuntu.

If you're happy installing a copy of windows and understand that it's a budget laptop, then I'd say it's a bargain. At least it won't come with any pre-installed junkware.
voted hot for ubuntu
I've had 3 HP laptops, and a Compaq (made by HP) and the mobo has overheated on all of them. 2 just within warranty, and two just outside. No chance I'm touching another.
Edited by: "buddn07" 27th May 2016
Bargain remember windows 10 is free till the end of july, just download the iso file from microsoft and it will activate with a digital licence.
winchman

12 to 14http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/07/ubuntu-14-04-1-lts-released14 … 12 to 14http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/07/ubuntu-14-04-1-lts-released14 to 16http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/04/how-to-upgrade-ubuntu-14-04-to-ubuntu-16-04-lts



Or just put Arch on it and stop messing about with versioned distros. I have one, removed Ubuntu straight away and put Arch on it which works without wifi issues, maybe Ubuntu just needs to catch up (not surprising)

Shame it has AMD graphics, makes you wonder if the people at HP that selected the hardware have ever actually used Linux

xp3200

Bargain remember windows 10 is free till the end of july, just … Bargain remember windows 10 is free till the end of july, just download the iso file from microsoft and it will activate with a digital licence.



Why would you willingly install malware on a brand new laptop?

Abomination

If you're happy installing a copy of windows


Why do you consider it a necessity to install Windows? What you're advising is that people make the machine practically useless by installing an inferior operating system


Edited by: "dar72" 27th May 2016
winchman

12 to 14http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/07/ubuntu-14-04-1-lts-released14 … 12 to 14http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/07/ubuntu-14-04-1-lts-released14 to 16http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/04/how-to-upgrade-ubuntu-14-04-to-ubuntu-16-04-lts

xp3200

Bargain remember windows 10 is free till the end of july, just … Bargain remember windows 10 is free till the end of july, just download the iso file from microsoft and it will activate with a digital licence.

Abomination

If you're happy installing a copy of windows



I use Linux, OSX and Windows 10. You're biased towards Linux. I agree Linux is good, however there are advantages to having Windows 10 such as software support. I don't personally like Windows 10 that much, Windows 7 is stable and if I had to use Windows it would be that OS.
winchman

12 to … 12 to 14http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/07/ubuntu-14-04-1-lts-released14 to 16http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/04/how-to-upgrade-ubuntu-14-04-to-ubuntu-16-04-lts

xp3200

Bargain remember windows 10 is free till the end of july, just … Bargain remember windows 10 is free till the end of july, just download the iso file from microsoft and it will activate with a digital licence.

Abomination

If you're happy installing a copy of windows



I'm biased towards freedom

I have more software than I could ever need available to me on Linux and all of it can be installed via one simple command rather than having to trawl the Internet for exes. Don't get me started on Mac...
xp3200

Bargain remember windows 10 is free till the end of july, just … Bargain remember windows 10 is free till the end of july, just download the iso file from microsoft and it will activate with a digital licence.




That's not how it works. You need a valid licence of Windows 7 or up to upgrade for free.
dar72

I'm biased towards freedomI have more software than I could ever need … I'm biased towards freedomI have more software than I could ever need available to me on Linux and all of it can be installed via one simple command rather than having to trawl the Internet for exes. Don't get me started on Mac...




That's you. I have these things called games which require Windows 10, not got any other options.
Totally agree with you Dar72. Use different flavours of linux in work but mostly suse 11.3 for our CAM software. I have a work PC running Win 10 which i only use for outlook and run Debian in virtualbox for all my main important tasks, but, I do have a mac pro now which is my own personal machine so jump on there lots and really like its ease of use for everyday tasks and like what can be achieved with Apple Script and Automator but for sheer power then its linux all the way.

I do have a windows 10 laptop at home but all i use that for is to play Diablo III when im really bored......once you get familiar with the terminal you will wonder why you ever used windoze.

Voted HOT just as it has a linux flavour to it....

​That's not how it works. You need a valid licence of Windows 7 or up to u … ​That's not how it works. You need a valid licence of Windows 7 or up to upgrade for free.




Really strange how ive done 2 in the last month then? one was an old laptop running xp and the other one was a unit where the old hard drive died, both activated as soon as they went online i must just be lucky then?
bad battery kills it unfortunately, after new laptop and this looked good

That's you. I have these things called games which require Windows 10, … That's you. I have these things called games which require Windows 10, not got any other options.


Steam and 1000s of its games are available for linux now.

Really strange how ive done 2 in the last month then? one was an old … Really strange how ive done 2 in the last month then? one was an old laptop running xp and the other one was a unit where the old hard drive died, both activated as soon as they went online i must just be lucky then?



From Microsoft:

Microsoft is making Windows 10 available as a free upgrade for compatible devices that are running genuine Windows 7 Service Pack 1 or Windows 8.1 Update.

The free upgrade offer isn’t available for devices running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Enterprise editions of Windows.
windows.microsoft.com/en-…faq





xp3200

Really strange how ive done 2 in the last month then? one was an old … Really strange how ive done 2 in the last month then? one was an old laptop running xp and the other one was a unit where the old hard drive died, both activated as soon as they went online i must just be lucky then?




No idea, that's not how works. You sure they are fully activated?
I bought the HP 255 which is very similar to this but a slightly lesser spec. Basically - they're decent laptops but let down by a poor decision to go with AMD graphics. Ubuntu has stopped shipping with the proprietary AMD drivers which means that you'll be using open-source AMD drivers. Whilst they'll still be ok - they wont have the benefits of proprietary drivers e.g lower temperature etc.

I am shocked that people are suggesting to install Arch - Arch is absolutely not a beginner's distro. Unless you want to learn how linux works from the ground up, what's the point? Ubuntu is a solid distro with good (not excellent) support via the community.

Regarding wifi issues - I can only speak for the 255 i've got. After upgrading to 16.04 LTS, it seems to work ok. It has its moments, but to be honest, i've never found Linux particularly stable when it comes to wifi. My current Ubuntu-based PC has issues with wifi and sometimes I have to revert to the CLI to fix it - not something that your average, web-surfing user wants to do.

My advice? Buy this if you want a cheap way of getting to learn Linux. If you're wanting to use a reliable PC which works with lots more software and you don't want to be troubleshooting with the command line or tinkering about, stick with Windows.

​No idea, that's not how works. You sure they are fully activated?




i presume so as it states windows 10 activated with digital entitlement on both units.
i can get windows free from work will it just work on this pc fine?
xela333

That's you. I have these things called games which require Windows 10, … That's you. I have these things called games which require Windows 10, not got any other options.



I have things called games too, 443 of them on my Steam on Arch Linux right now. If a game hasn't been ported to Linux then I'm not going to buy it because my freedom is more important to me than some game that at the end of the day is going to waste time I could be spending on better things anyway. Maybe you'd rather have a shiny game than your freedom but in my opinion that's just cowardice, stand up for yourself.

This is a laptop though, it's not for gaming or everyday use. Which is good because in this case, this laptop has AMD graphics so if you want the proprietary driver, enjoy having to keep kernel and xorg packages at older versions while AMD get around to releasing updates.

Although many people use laptops for everyday use these days you shouldn't, it's really bad for your posture. I don't understand why so many people want to sit hunched over a low powered machine rather than using a proper desktop computer.

Let's consider what a laptop should really be used for, occasional web browsing, email, documents etc while out of the house. Since the majority of computer users these days are clueless about what they're actually doing but insist on using a computer anyway because it's apparently cool and trendy now, they're better off with things like Firefox, Thunderbird and Libre Office on Linux because it's safer for them, it's also easier to provide support because you can just give them commands to paste in and contrary to what people think, everything that a normal user would ever need to do can be done from a GUI in Linux, it's just that we have a CHOICE, I know that might be a very unusual concept to Windows and Mac users but it's actually a good thing.

If you're having occasional wifi disconnects on this laptop, try this (even on Ubuntu):
wiki.archlinux.org/ind…ion

twomoons

Totally agree with you Dar72. Use different flavours of linux in work … Totally agree with you Dar72. Use different flavours of linux in work but mostly suse 11.3 for our CAM software. I have a work PC running Win 10 which i only use for outlook and run Debian in virtualbox for all my main important tasks, but, I do have a mac pro now which is my own personal machine so jump on there lots and really like its ease of use for everyday tasks and like what can be achieved with Apple Script and Automator but for sheer power then its linux all the way.I do have a windows 10 laptop at home but all i use that for is to play Diablo III when im really bored......once you get familiar with the terminal you will wonder why you ever used windoze.Voted HOT just as it has a linux flavour to it....



Ah SUSE...used to use that years ago, only distro that made KDE look like it wasn't themed by a child.

Why Outlook? It's bloated and horrible as is Exchange server, installed that for someone once, takes up 15gb+ of disk space? For a mail server? I laughed hard. Try mutt for a mail client

I had to use a Mac once, at first I didn't know what to do, needed a text editor then I remembered it has a Unix-ish kernel so I opened a terminal and tried vi...it worked, it has vi, tried more commands, many worked. Why pay for it? Overpriced hardware and gives you less freedom of choice than Windows.

Don't know what Automator is but it sounds something like cron, knowing Mac, a heavily over-complicated, over-priced version of cron. Cron (or lack of) is one reason I'd never use Windows.

in$anity

I am shocked that people are suggesting to install Arch - Arch is … I am shocked that people are suggesting to install Arch - Arch is absolutely not a beginner's distro. Unless you want to learn how linux works from the ground up, what's the point? Ubuntu is a solid distro with good (not excellent) support via the community.Regarding wifi issues - I can only speak for the 255 i've got. After upgrading to 16.04 LTS, it seems to work ok. It has its moments, but to be honest, i've never found Linux particularly stable when it comes to wifi. My current Ubuntu-based PC has issues with wifi and sometimes I have to revert to the CLI to fix it - not something that your average, web-surfing user wants to do.My advice? Buy this if you want a cheap way of getting to learn Linux. If you're wanting to use a reliable PC which works with lots more software and you don't want to be troubleshooting with the command line or tinkering about, stick with Windows.



"People" aren't suggesting Arch, I am, I'm only one person. 16.04 probably has the kernel modules for the wifi now, for the moments it has, see my link earlier in this post.

Arch has a very good and very easy to follow guide and the advantage of it is, you'll learn a lot about Linux and computers in general just by following that guide. Shocked that I'd suggest such a thing? You wouldn't hop into a car and drive around without gaining knowledge of how to operate it would you? A computer should be no different. If real Arch is too much for you, there's distros based on it, Archbang is one I remember, maybe Manjaro?

Ubuntu isn't so user-friendly when the new version comes out and you have to reinstall just like Windows...or chance it with their often flakey upgrade script. They've also collaborated with Microsoft recently in a way that I consider to be going too far, can't trust them.
HOT HOT HOT!!! Very good price, not the top specs but great value for money. Basic use + internet but no gaming.

Edit: Not so hot afterall :-/
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Edited by: "zidnrfhwvbytk" 27th May 2016
Im hoping the dvd drive can be removed and replaced with an ssd? Id like to keep the 1tb hdd for storage but benefit from booting up from a cheap ssd. I know people will always moan about build quality, screen and battery but 199 quid for a 1tb HDD 8GB ram and a cpu comparable to an i5 this cant be bad? on a side note tried flubit. im an elite member and they offered me a 1 pound saving.... ever since i joined elite every offer is just ridiculously worse than i had before.

I'm biased towards freedomI have more software than I could ever need … I'm biased towards freedomI have more software than I could ever need available to me on Linux and all of it can be installed via one simple command rather than having to trawl the Internet for exes. Don't get me started on Mac...



Nothing wrong with OSX for general use. I tend to use it as my primary OS and I run Linux in VMWare Fusion. OSX has IRB (Ruby) and Python access directly from the terminal as in Linux, so I tend to just use OSX. I'll use Linux if I need to do some specific terminal stuff as I have it setup as I like.

You come across as a very set in your ways and inflexible character, with a strong air of arrogance, hopefully you won't need to present yourself for any IT job interviews currently.

Remember it's your opinion, one size doesn't fit all.


Edited by: "fishmaster" 27th May 2016
fishmaster

hopefully you won't need to present yourself for any IT job interviews … hopefully you won't need to present yourself for any IT job interviews currently.



Hopefully not. Though it is fun to mess with people's heads, particularly corporate types.

I act in the way that Windows users do but about my own OS. Linux is the only OS in the world, why use anything else? It's assumed that everyone runs Linux...Funny how it's ok for Windows users to do it but not Linux users.
Great price. First thing I'd do is put windows on, will get better life for a kick off.

Hopefully not. Though it is fun to mess with people's heads, particularly … Hopefully not. Though it is fun to mess with people's heads, particularly corporate types.I act in the way that Windows users do but about my own OS. Linux is the only OS in the world, why use anything else? It's assumed that everyone runs Linux...Funny how it's ok for Windows users to do it but not Linux users.



Personal I act how I feel and don't need to play up to any stereotypes. There's many answers to why you would and wouldn't use Linux some of which are obvious as why you'd use an alternative OS to Linux. Each OS has its merits and demerits.
fishmaster

Each OS has its merits and demerits.



You're right, Windows does have its merits

...if you're the NSA or Microsoft
Reviews on ebuyer suggest linux mint 17.3 xfce 64bit install to sort wi-fi. I recently switched to just that O/S on a 1GB HP ZV6000 that is just too good to dispose of. It was running XP fine but Firefox no longer supported and couldn't handle hotukdeals site! Anyone running low spec old Windows or Mac machines should give mint a try before splashing the cash. It's free : )
Edited by: "Shine600" 27th May 2016
Hi got this laptop from HP and a cashback so paid £249 about 8 months ago.
Runs fine. I added an SSD and stuck win 7 upgraded to 10 and runs a dream and quick
another impulse buy - damn you HUKD!!

​That's not how it works. You need a valid licence of Windows 7 or up to u … ​That's not how it works. You need a valid licence of Windows 7 or up to upgrade for free.



That's true, lol.
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