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I want to acquire a new Notebook and I am confused by all those processor types both from INTEL (centrino, pentium m, celeron m, mobile celeron, mobile pentium 4 etc) and AMD.
Installing and running Linux on it under optimal conditions is a MUST. If it would be possible I would buy one without windows pre installed to save some money.
So, I would appreciate if someone could recommend something and also if it is possible to clarify for me those different processor type (or a good link).
What I need:
- budget <= 1000 EUR
- NO GAMES
- Linux friendly
- maybe a movie sometimes
- Programming, Networking related tasks, Office etc
I am heavily biased but would recommend IBM Thinkpads without hesitation.
1. New laptops will almost certainly come with Windows installed. There are a few Linux laptop vendors, most notably Emperor Linux but they're not cheap. You might want to consider choosing a used (but reasonably young) laptop
3. In my experience, both Intel and AMD are Linux friendly. Personally, if the only consideration was the CPU, I'd give the edge to AMD, as their chips generally run cooler and offer a better cost-benefit ratio. With laptops however, you need to look at them as complete packages, and as I mentioned before I'd recommend Thinkpads.
4. In terms of the screen, for the highest level of satisfaction it should support the resolution that you prefer on a desktop. Obviously, the larger the screen, the more expensive the laptop will be.
A quick thing i'd throw in is to stay away from ATI graphics cards. Even if you dont plan on playing games, etc, they still can cause undue greif (trust me, i know).
I can testify to Dell having good customer support, but rather exclusively windows based. They are awesome in regards to hardware warranty issues, until yours is up, and then they will (like probably every other company) squeeze every penny they can out of you.
I've researched the market and I am ready to buy a notebook in a few days. Now, I have to choose between 4 models (2 turion64 and 2 centrino).
What do you thing? What would you recommend?
Let’s suppose the price is the same, the height is not so important, power consume is important (but not extremely important) and that I have no interest in running games. Running Linux under very good condition is the most important thing.
Regarding only to the CPU, what is preferable: Intel® Core Solo 1,66 GHz, Bus 667 MHz, 2 MB L2 cache or Turion64 ML-34 1,8 Ghz, 1 MB L2 cache?
My second question is if the ddr ram memory from the laptop is compatible with the memory for a desktop? I mean the desktop memory could be installed on a notebook (and vice versa)? Sorry if this question is silly but I am no hardware expert.
Distribution: Mandriva mostly, vector 5.1, tried many.Suse gone from HD because bad Novell/Zinblows agreement
>>My second question
Nop, I do not think so
Different number of pins, different form factor
Re processor, rule of thumb, at equivalent specs, Intel better
at massive parallel computation because the pipeline is longer.
Otherwise AMD better
Otherwise if you want to support competition and variety go for amd.
My desktop is AMD