Some of the most common questions we encounter regarding Linux and BSD revolve around where people can purchase hardware that is compatible with open source operating systems. These days Linux will run on a majority of machines, but since most retailers do not sell open source operating systems pre-installed, it can be hard to know for certain what new laptop or desktop computer will work out of the box with our favourite operating systems.
This page provides a list of places where people can go to purchase computer hardware that is compatible with Linux and BSD. Plus we provide links to places where people can purchase GNU/Linux phones and tablets. We also link to databases where people can search for individual pieces of computer hardware that are known to work with open source operating systems.
Organizations which sell computers with Linux/BSD pre-installed
- ThinkPenguin. ThinkPenguin sells computers and hardware components which will work with free and open source drivers. ThinkPenguin pre-installs a Linux distribution of the buyer's choice on the computers they sell.
- System76. System76 sells laptops, desktop and servers with Ubuntu pre-installed.
- CompuLab. CompuLab sells the mintBox series of computers with Linux Mint installed on them.
- iXsystems. iXsystems sells workstations, servers and NAS devices with FreeBSD, PC-BSD and FreeNAS pre-installed.
- Dell. Dell sells a range of developer laptops with Ubuntu pre-installed.
- ZaReason. ZaReason sells desktops, laptops and servers with Debian, Fedora, Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Linux Mint pre-installed.
- Purism. Purism sells laptops with Debian (Testing) pre-installed. According to the Purism website, their laptops are built using free and open source components exclusively.
- Los Alamos Computers. Los Alamos Computers sells Linux workstation and laptop computers and will install the Linux distribution of the customer's choice.
- Tuxedo Computers. Tuxedo Computers is a German company which sells desktop and notebook computers whch are compatible with Linux. The keyboards appear to use a German layout.
- EmperorLinux. EmperorLinux sells laptop computers with a Linux pre-installed. A variety of Linux distributions are supported.
- Entroware. Entroware specialises in providing Ubuntu Linux based computing solutions and services for their clients requirements. They have a range of Ubuntu powered desktops, laptops, and servers.
- ChimpBox. ChimpBox sells small, fanless computers with PCLinuxOS pre-installed.
- Nimbusoft. Nimbusoft is a British company which sells laptops and All in One style devices. The devices are bundled with editions of Ubuntu (Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu MATE and Ubuntu GNOME). At this time it appears Nimbusoft ships within the United Kingdom exclusively.
- Juno Computers. Juno Computers is a retailer in the United Kingdom which sells computers with elementary OS pre-installed.
- Slimbook. Slimbook is a Spanish company which sells laptop computers with a variety of supported operating systems, including several Linux distributions.
- Starlabs. Starlabs is a company based in the United Kingdom which sells laptops with Linux pre-installed.
- Ministry of Freedom. The ominously named Ministry of Freedom sells laptops which ship with Libreboot in place of the traditional BIOS and the FSF-endorsed Trisquel GNU/Linux distribution pre-installed.
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Phones and tablets
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Databases of compatible hardware