For those interested in buying a computer with Linux built-in, here’s a list of options. There might be more, but these are the ones I found by scouting around.
Based in Europe
These manufacturers are based on Europe:
- Tuxedo Computers (Germany)
- VAT discounted when buying from Switzerland.
- Lots of customization options.
- I’m using a Tuxedo laptop to write this post.
- Slimbook (Spain)
- List of manufacturers bundling ZorinOS:
These are located in the states.
- Essentially, many of the laptops sold by System76 are the same ones offered by Tuxedo.
- They have their own flavor of Linux: Pop!_OS.
- There used to be Zareason too, but they closed last year due to the pandemic.
These days you can get pre-installed Linux from some big manufacturers in Switzerland, which means you get to avoid the “Windows tax” on your hardware, which amounts to roughly 150 Swiss francs. For that money, you can get more storage or RAM. Finally.
- Dell XPS 13’’
- Lenovo X1 Carbon
- Can be bought without any operating system, with a discounted price.
- I’m using one of these at work, and I know my next laptop will be a Lenovo X1 Carbon for sure.
There is also the Pinebook Pro which can run various Linux and BSD operating systems.
Update, 2022-03-22: There’s the Framework Laptop now as well.
Update, 2022-10-28: Minifree offers GNU+Linux laptops with coreboot, osboot or libreboot preinstalled.