So I'm looking at laptops. Why? I hate laptops, but on the other hand do love gadgets. Besides, it seems I can now get one under a thousand dollars, even in Australia.
Anyway, my requirements are simple - cheap, and will run Linux. Actually it turns out my requirements are incredibly complex. It seems vendors are only interested in selling laptops that will run a certain five year old operating system.
http://www.linux-laptop.net/ while theortically useful turns out to have no information on any of the models I'm looking at. Google is altogether less useful in this case.
I just want to repeat this one more time: Retailers will only sell laptops designed to run an ancient, insecure, unreliable hack of an operating system from a company that demonstrates over and over that they cannot be trusted.