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i have tryed putting linux on 2 laptops and it didnt come out very wel. i tryed redhat 9, suse 9.1 and xandros on and my laptops wernt compatable. does anyone know of any laptops that are almost or fully compatable with most linux distributions.
i dont know what the dell laoptops are like these days, but i bought an inspiron 8000 4 yreas ago, and it has worked brilliantly through all my crap. im still using it as my main (see: basicly only) computer and i log alot of hours into it daily.
I own a IBM Thinkpad R40 Series laptop. I currently have Windows XP and Slackware installed. Pretty sweet setup in my opinion. :-) The sound dosnt work in Slackware yet, but other than that, there havnt been any problems. (Linux-wise that is, Windows is a whole different world)
I'm using an INSPIRON 2650 and all worked perfectly with Mandrake 10.1, only thing i had to do was to cofigure my Belkin 54g wireless card driver with Ndiswrapper.
Otherthan that i think DELL Insprons should be alright.
I'm curious just what the problems were and what wasn't compatible?
While there are sometimes hardware issues that have to be worked through, it's rare a total machine is incompatible with Linux.
It might be easier (and cheaper) to troubleshoot and correct the problems than to rush out buying new machines just to find out you have to take the same simple corrective steps on the new ones. Before I go buying new machines I would want to know exactly why it didn't work on the first ones.