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I am looking for a laptop or tablet computer that will run linux flawlessly. I need it to be small and light to take to class, have great wireless support, and have a nvidia video card. An intel pentium M (no celeron or sparc, but AMD is ok), and at least 512 memory. Cost less than 1200 dollars. I currently run an Inspiron 9100, have tried Suse 10, and there are simply too many hardware issues to try and resolve. Therefore, I really need a seperate laptop that doesn't weigh 9 lbs and has longer than a 1.5 hour battery life. I intend to run linux solely on this new computer, no dual boot for windowns. Optical drive is a must. I have found several linux laptops on the net, but I am not sure about their quality. If you have a setup that all of the hardware works on with linux that originally came with windows, that is fine, I can just wipe the disk and install linux with the cds. I look forward to the day when I can be windows free alltogether, but we will take baby steps for now. I know that these are some pretty stiff requirements, but I'm a dreamer. Please just list anything close. Thanks for your help
Well, I have a Compaq Presario R3120 and it works well enough with Gentoo, but I don't think you could call it 'flawless'. I think these days IBM has a line of laptops certified for Linux, why not check them out?
You are getting mighty specific, but I would endorse IBM Thinkpads. I've got a T40 that I wouldn't trade for anything, and it is highly Linux-friendly. It uses ATI video though, so I guess it fails your test, but nonetheless I'd still recommend it.
For fully configured Linux laptops, you may be interested in Emperor Linux
Yeah, I really like the thinkpads. The only reason I wanted nvidia over ATI is that their are more supportive of open source drivers. I actually prefer ATI hardware, but they act all pooty when you email their support people for flgrx help. Maybe I'll send them a reciept for my next nvidia card along with the reason why I dropped their products. It can't be that hard to write a decent driver, so why don't they please alot of people and just spend a couple days hacking one out? Their are alienating a growing population.
You should consider VAIO S-series. I have the S560 which is very light (4 lb), Pentium M at 1.8 Ghz, and 512 MB memory. It has nVidia Go with 128 Ram and wireless B/G to start with. The harddrive is 100 GB and the screen is around 13". Mine is a bit older model and slightly used (open box) so the price was right around 1,400 bucks.
SUSE 10.0 running almost flawlessly on this notebook. The screen is selectable at 1280x800 using nVidia driver with 3D enabled at 24bit color. The wireless is easy to setup using YAST and KDE Control Center. The Power Management is working fine also. I didn't check the built-in modem though.
Everythings else is working as I expected. Not really flawless though because the function buttons and windows button were not working.