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Old 04-28-2005, 11:59 PM   #1
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Off to College...Taking Linux With Me...on What?


Hey guys, I got into the Linux scene last fall during my senior of high school. Due to time issues, I left it alone, but over this summer I plan on delving back into it again (probably w/ Slackware). Are there any super Linux-friendly laptops I should be looking at? Or are they all fairly compatible now adays? Thanks ahead!
-Galen
 
Old 04-29-2005, 12:55 AM   #2
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Here are a list of linux certified/pre-installed laptops. And no, most laptops suck ass. If it isn't a winmodem, it's some other ghetto .dll software driven pile. Be careful when buying to make sure all features are kernel native. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.


http://www.emperorlinux.com/
http://www.linuxcertified.com/linux_laptops.html
http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en...33-395654.html
http://xtops.de/laptops.html
http://media.linspire.com/walmart/

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Old 04-29-2005, 12:56 AM   #3
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Taking a look here might be a good starting point for what to buy
http://www.linuxquestions.org/hcl/index.php?cat=507
 
Old 04-29-2005, 12:58 AM   #4
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In my experience, although IBM Thinkpads are more expensive, they are worth every penny and are very Linux-friendly -- J.W.
 
Old 04-29-2005, 09:39 AM   #5
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As indicated in the above replies, it would pay off to do your homework before buying a lappy. A little research will prevent many headaches.

I like the linuxcertified machines, but there are several choices available to you if you do a bit of research.
 
Old 04-29-2005, 09:54 AM   #6
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Thanks a lot guys!
-Galen
 
Old 05-01-2005, 03:12 PM   #7
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Also, the newer Dell lappys are supposed to be pretty good, at least for RH & FC.

I personally love Toshibas, but unfortunately, most of what I hear is that they specifically are not too good for Linux. Sigh.

IBMs do have a good rating, but yes, check onlines for any given MODEL you think to buy.

Best!,
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Old 05-01-2005, 05:21 PM   #8
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Thanks! I think I'm going with a new Dell Inspiron 600M, as it got rave reviews for Slackware (which I plan on using)...the only bugs were w/ the wireless and monitor power off...but both of those things have fixes already (just need to download them). Thanks for all of the help guys!
-Galen
 
Old 05-01-2005, 10:13 PM   #9
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I've had horrible experience with my linuxcertified laptop.

List of things which failed:

* power switch (jiggle the power switch, the machine shuts down, instantly)
* battery (won't charge)


Those two things alone are enough to turn me away from linuxcertified forever.

 
Old 05-01-2005, 11:28 PM   #10
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Good to know (just to prevent last-minute switches). Any bad news on Dell 600Ms (preferably the latest model)?
-Galen
 
  


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