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Does your buddy need a new PC? Well, they can simply turn any old computer into a Linux PC with a Linux DVD or USB stick. Or you could buy them a ready-to-run Linux PC. There are several Linux PC companies; among the best of these are Eight Virtues, EmperorLinux, LAC Portland, Purism, System76, and ZaReason.

There are numerous great Linux laptops out there. One of my particular favorites is 2018's Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition. This model is still available for $804.99.

I haven't tried the latest and greatest Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, which runs Ubuntu Linux. But I've been using this family of high-end Linux laptops for years and they never disappoint. The XPS 13 comes with a high price-tag. The entry-level version comes with 8GBs of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and an Intel UHD chipset. It will cost you $1,139.99.

If you want as free a laptop as you can get, check out Purism's Librem 13 or 15. These come with practical, open-source firmware, such as the Coreboot SeaBIOS, and hardware. But these aren't cheap. The entry-level Librem 13 with an Intel Core i7 7500U, 8GBs of RAM, and 250GBs of SSD lists for $1,399. If your friend or relation is serious about "all open-source, all the way," these are the machines for them.

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