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.
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.
Slimbook. Slimbook is a Spanish company which sells laptop computers with a variety of supported operating systems, including several Linux distributions.
UBports. The UBports website provides a list of smart phones known to work (or partially work) with Ubuntu Touch. UBports also provides installation instructions for people who wish to install Ubuntu Touch on their Android phone.
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Databases of compatible hardware
h-node provides visitors with a database of hardware which will work with free software Linux distributions.
Ubuntu's website maintains a list of hardware which has been certified to work with the distribution.