lol spilled water on my laptop (and a lot of other things) and it has the flashing orange light of doom (even after taking a hairdryer to the parts). ordered a usb nvme enclosure so hopefully i can mount the old ssd on an old linux-enabled machine (and luks won't complain) and recover stuff from it (like projects due wednesday oops).

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that being said, what should my next laptop be? linux-friendly a must. a dedicated gpu would be nice (but i never quite got it to work on my old machine outside of nouveau drivers), intel preferable and some sort of decent warranty plan (bc i break things). having physical ports would be nice too. a somewhat nice, sturdy case would be nice too. i had a dell xps 9550 that was ok (15.4 inch, metal top and bottom, some sort of carbon fiberish plastic body), before today the touchpad didn't click anymore, some keyboard keys got stuck, and i replaced the fans once, and the whole thing once due to battery swell, but it lasted 5-ish years. should i get another dell xps? go lenovo something (are they still good)? something else like asus or something? have the heartbleed/meltdown things been sorted out yet? is it a right time to buy or is some new architecture gonna drop soon? i have a windows tower so i'm ok for now but by next february-ish i need something.

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use cases would be maybe gaming lol, but audio live coding hopefully again one of these days, but more importantly ai/ml/cv stuff. i guess self-repairable would be good too but doing computer surgery today reminds me of why i barely do any hardware projects (i have clumsy, half-broken hands despite being a percussionist...)

@mrufrufin It doesn't have a dedicated GPU but I've been impressed by the new Framework laptop. Its linux friendly, highly modular and repairable, has swappable physical ports. The builtin graphics on the new Intel chips may be sufficient for some light gaming depending on your needs but it probably wouldn't be the best graphics card to try and train a large ML model on.

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