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Old 10-10-2004, 08:39 AM   #1
kingM
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linux on laptops


am newbie to linux, i was wondering which flavour to chose then i found out that most are the same unless in really specific stuff
now i want to know is there like a linux flavour that works on laptops better than other flavours or they are all the same?

if so which one works better?

thank you a lot
 
Old 10-10-2004, 09:51 AM   #2
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/ me hides from the inevitable flame war.

(In my opinion, its whatever you like best. Just the same on a lappy)
 
Old 10-10-2004, 03:10 PM   #3
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This is true. Try a few out - I am running Slackware on my laptop, Mandrake was also pretty quick.

Check our Distro Review Section and also www.distrowatch.com for ideas.
 
Old 10-10-2004, 04:00 PM   #4
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kingM:

When I was green to Linux and wanted to put it on my laptop, I chose between Mandrake, SuSe, and Fedora - i.e., easy to use for a newbie. I went with Mandrake. After getting my feet wet and knowing better what I wanted, I ended up with Debian (Testing).

So my advice is, if you are brand new to Linux, go with some of the (for newbies) userfriendly big ones, play around and get a feel for Linux.

I believe that most up-to-date distros can handle a laptop pretty well. Some may just require more tweaking than others...

/TLV
 
Old 10-10-2004, 05:43 PM   #5
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thank you all guys
i heard fedora had some problems, and mandrake seems to work good but for some reason i am biases for suse for no reason that iknow of
so i am testing that out hopping that yast will help configure everything because i am so much new to linux..i dont even know how to install apps on it


but i was surprised that suse had no section forit here, is it that bad?
 
Old 10-10-2004, 05:53 PM   #6
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Your best bet is to search Google and each distros web sites for compatibility. Each make of laptop has specific issues that have to be addressed. I personally love Mandrake but I had problems installing 10.0 Official on my Compaq Presario 700. (I suspect an issue with the 2.6 kernel.) I had no problems whatever with Slackware 10. (uses 2.4 kernel). A little research time will save you a lot of headache later.
 
Old 10-11-2004, 04:48 PM   #7
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I use a Toshiba laptop with SuSe 9.1 pro. It's a breeze to install and dual boots with XP no problem.

Yast is quite good but not everything can be installed with this. You may find that wireless connection may need a bit of tweaking outside of yast, but on the whole, very good.
 
Old 10-12-2004, 01:17 PM   #8
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As always i run gentoo (the not-so userfriendly distro) on my laptop (and all the other computers too).

But, no flavour is better then the other one. Its just what you like. If you like Fedora then no problem. If you like Collega Linux, the sure thing. No distro is better then the other one. check out ww.linuxiso.org for ideas.
 
Old 10-12-2004, 03:38 PM   #9
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so here's another newb to the site (not so newb to linux) throwing in his two cents. i need a reliable desktop and laptop. i also need something reasonably easy to configure and that i can add new hardware to. i also want complete usability. i want to have an os that has what i need there. so for me, choosing a big name distro is a plus because so many apps come with it and so much hardware is compatible consequently. so i run mandrake 90% of the time. i've ran suse and its beautiful. the only issue i had with it was that i had to go everywhere to get the apps i needed. fedora is also very nice. but i'm not as fond of a fedora way of doing things. plus after being used to other distros, some commands change between distros. there is no right or wrong....just what works for you.
 
Old 10-13-2004, 10:56 AM   #10
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Unhappy graphic display problem

Hi pturner,
i too have a toshi and am a newb to Linux. somehow I managed installing SuSe 9. Then i had problem with setting up the resolution. I have a 15,4 '' monitor. I did some changes in Yast and then on I dont have graphic interface. I tried repairing the SW with the cd. Nthing happened. can u help me out. i am just dtruck here.
thank u
Kedar
 
Old 10-14-2004, 06:03 AM   #11
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This is true. Try a few out - I am running Slackware on my laptop, Mandrake was also pretty quick.
slackware all the way (mandrake is for n00bs)
 
Old 10-15-2004, 05:15 AM   #12
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If your labtop is of an older model, you should avoid dist like gentoo which depends on compiling everything itself. I did this on a laptop from 2000 - it was hell! I would recommend debian; the deb packagesystem is brilliant, and its not all hardcore stuff!
 
Old 10-15-2004, 07:55 AM   #13
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Hi Daggermind,

Quote:
i too have a toshi and am a newb to Linux. somehow I managed installing SuSe 9. Then i had problem with setting up the resolution. I have a 15,4 '' monitor. I did some changes in Yast and then on I dont have graphic interface. I tried repairing the SW with the cd. Nthing happened. can u help me out. i am just dtruck here.
When booting can you use 'Failsafe' mode? This will boot with with vga=normal and you should then be able to re-edit your graphics settings using Yast.

My Tosh has a 14.1" screen and the default resolution was OK so I have never changed this on mine.
 
  


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