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I'm planning to buy a laptop/notebook which I want to run with Linux.
My question is:
What brand is the best for that? (hardware compatibility)
It doesn't have to be a new one.
Some info on what I need (not need)
I do NOT need:- tons of Gigahertz
-more than 64 MB RAM
-more than 10 Gigs HD
I do need: -modem
-CDROM (or CDRW)
Any suggestion and sharing of good or bad experiences would be highly appreciated.
i have slackware 8.0 on an ibm thinkpad, works the best out of the laptops i've seen. i have a dell, linux was a little trickier on that, but it works the same after the configuration.
although, i have to say IBM makes the best laptops, and has the best support too. my system board fried on my thinkpad 1.5 years after buying it, and i called IBM about the problem, and even though it wasn't under warranty they replaced the board and paid for the shipping to fix it. plus i had my thinkpad back 3 days later. i was impressed... despite the fact that the board fried when i was just updating my bios, but still... any other company would have told me to eat a d1ck (gateway wouldn't replace the system board on a friend's laptop cause she added a pcmcia nic, and the board fried months after that, because adding hardware "voids the system warranty" LAME). ibm just rocks. :-)
I'm largely re-iterating what has been said, but I've had a lot of luck with stinkpads and Inspearons too. On my Thinkpad (1400 P3-500) the only issue was the winmodem, but I eventually set that up with no hastle as most of the onboards were Lucent gear, and they're starting to get their crap together with Linux support. With the Inspiron (P3-750, probably a 4000 series I think), everything went on slick again, save the built in modem, but we never even bothered to fiddle with it. Support for both of them is brilliant. Thinkpads tend to weigh more than a stack of bricks... if that's an issue.