Slightly off topic:
Does anyone know of a listing anywhere on the net of current laptop models (all of which come with Windows that can easily have Linux installed? That is Linux and Linux only.
I ask this because a friend recently bought a Samsung laptop and in trying to install Linux borked the boot system and had to send it back.
Any recommended models?
Most of the resources I know of for linux on laptops are not very current (in terms of the bleeding edge), so I'd love the hear an answer to this question, myself.
There are some factors contributing to this situation. One of the factors contributing here is a certain conservatism (engineering, not political) on the part of many Linux users. Why spend hard cash for a system you can't prove will work with your desire OS? Another is a reluctance of big-box stores (read: Best Buy, h.h. gregg) to allow customers to boot from live media to test before purchase. Yet another is that Linux generally can get by with less hardware than its competition.
It's not always straightforward getting a very modern system to run Linux - more study, research, and definitely a good backup beforehand are requirements of any installation plan these days, given what the competition is doing to attempt to exclude Linux from newer hardware.
Sorry to hear of your bud's difficulties, but making mistakes is also part of the learning process. (Personal experience speaking here, believe me. Over the years I have accumulated enough knowledge about what not to do to fill a book or two.)
When you guys get it back from the vendor/repair depot, clone that puppy and try again - you
may be the ones who can contribute knowledge of at least one current system, and whether it will or will not run Linux.
Wait... you said "borked the boot system"? Is this thing set up with Secure Boot? Definitely tell us more about what happened, please. This might be a pitfall waiting for all of us on our next upgrade, too. Did he, perchance, modify UEFI (flash the ROM?) or something like that?