Blog by Sumana Harihareswara, Changeset founder

14 Feb 2010, 15:26 p.m.


Hi, reader. I wrote this in 2010 and it's now more than five years old. So it may be very out of date; the world, and I, have changed a lot since I wrote it! I'm keeping this up for historical archive purposes, but the me of today may 100% disagree with what I said then. I rarely edit posts after publishing them, but if I do, I usually leave a note in italics to mark the edit and the reason. If this post is particularly offensive or breaches someone's privacy, please contact me.

I'm thinking about buying a new laptop computer to aid in my volunteering and consulting. I'd run some flavor of Linux on it, probably Debian, Ubuntu, or Fedora. I welcome suggestions for laptops with the following characteristics:

  • Come without Windows pre-installed (I'm sick of paying the Windows tax)
  • Most or all components ethically sourced
  • Manufactured/assembled someplace with real labor standards
  • General laptop desiderata (sturdiness, battery life, thinner is better)

I don't really care about its weight or looks. Thoughts?

Update: Ended up choosing ZaReason (reasons here).


15 Feb 2010, 10:51 a.m.

Dunno what they have available right now, but I've bought laptops with Linux pre-installed from nicely configured, everything works out-of-the-box.

Sumana Harihareswara
16 Feb 2010, 16:24 p.m.

Noting hypatia's tweet: " ... though not sure about sweatshop-free-ness. Maybe Dell's USGOV line?"