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Hi. I want to shop for a laptop to run linux on. Naturally, I want something with a minimum of compatibility issues. As far as the distro goes, I have been playing with slackware at home and like it, but if there is a distro with "better" laptop support I would like to know that as well. I will need to have a dual boot system since I may need, on occasion, to run software only available for windows.
So, I am interested in your suggestions or recommendations for stable laptop/distro combinations.
I've tried Mandrake 10.1o, Fedora 2, Ubunut 4.1 and Knoppix and three different laptops and I'd have to say that Mandrake 10.1 Official by far offers the best support out of the box. Out of the four, it was the only one to automatically detect and configure my wifi card and it was also the only one I was able to get any power management working. I could even hibernate and resume! It may be a bit bloated, but it works with little to no configuration.
Thanks for the two of your comments on distros. On the hardware side, any thing I should look out for? My recent reading suggests that I should go with nvidia as opposed to ATI for the graphics chipset. What other things can be expecially problematic?
find a few laptops that you really like. Then check the Linux HCL here, or linux-laptop. See how compatible they are, what it takes to get it running. Different distro's work differently on different systems. Linux-laptop has laptop models and different distro's running on it. Be sure that the models and hardware are the same. Linux HCL can help with hardware questions.