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I installed Mandrake 9.1. on my Thinkpad 600X because I am new to linux and had read Mandrake is the "most user friendly version of linux". However, after the install Mandrake never idenitied my trackpoint and my mouse was identified as "PS/2 standard mouse" eventhough its a PS/2 wheel mouse. The sound did not work until I followed the troubleshooting instructions. I also have a bad driver for my printer.
Surely there is a better "user friendly" distro of linux for laptops. Do you know of one?
Alright, to answer the question asked, The following are the most Linux-compaitble laptops.
If you want to find a laptop to install Linux on look for:
And definately try to stay away from:
pretty much all other brandnames.
To Caeda: Actually, Redhat would probably work better out of the box than Mandrake, because it is more user interactive, unlike Mandrake which does "everything for you", and there's more room for the installation to miss something somewhere.
In Redhat, you input some information, and it will better direct your installation to go well.
That's why it asks you so many questions during install...a lot more than Mandrake.
Good job megaspaz, what laptop do you use bro?, tell us a little more about it,
I tried that on Mandrake 9.0, Slackware 9.0 and Redhat 9.0 and it has worked everytime. I have settled on Redhat over Mandrake, I like the interface better and everything installs in the "standard" locations. I am new to this as well and that helps a lot. Mandrake seems to have its own directory tree that doesn't seem to fit anything when you try to install something. So when you try to do an install you have to spend hour looking for the location of the files to update/modify or whatever. with redhat, if I can't find it myself, I can do a search on google and usually find the location of the files
Yes, anyone who got redhat one without a tinker is very lucky. It means you somehow found that rare laptop that had legacy parts.. such as a bios, and APM instead of acpi. Great for you. But, for most of the rest of us, were gonna get this legacy free crap, that needs all the little extra's compiled and enabled by default. And so, that's why I'll stick to recommending Suse and Mandrake.