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Old 06-25-2009, 01:06 AM   #1
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Laptops- How far we have come


Hi everyone,

I just got my second laptop in the mail today. This time around it is a Lenovo (although it will always be IBM to me) Thinkpad T400. I got this laptop in preparation for graduate school; my last laptop, an Acer Travelmate 2500c was in prep for undergrad during the Summer of 2004.

Back when I got my Travelmate Linux on laptops was a great big pain, I tried distro after distro, I remember SuSE was the only one where wireless worked, without jumping through 10 million hoops, 7 were sufficient. The sound was also an issue, I never even tried to get the DVD burner to work. The battery was another story.... an hour on a good day, toward the end of its life that bad boy could rock 3 minutes on a charge. Needless to say, it is a nice 1600 dollar paperweight, and presently has a dead hard drive.

Enter my ThinkPad, I'm dual booting it, and I will admit Windows XP did not want to install, at all- I had to slipstream SP3 into the .iso and change BIOS settings to avoid a BSOD, and when I booted the computer up the first time into Vista it crashed, kind of funny, especially since there was no network connection. By the way, I popped Ubuntu 9.04 into the laptop, and I logged in maybe 5 minutes ago- everything works. Linux on laptops has come quite a long way.

So, the point of this long, seemingly pointless, ramble is not my success, but the success of the entire open source community in getting Linux to the point where it just works out of the box on a laptop no less. Bravo to you all.
 
Old 06-26-2009, 08:38 AM   #2
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in getting Linux to the point where it just works out of the box on a laptop no less
Mmmm - laptops have always been a PiTA.

& they may always need proprietary drivers ...
 
Old 06-26-2009, 04:33 PM   #3
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This is very true- but this one 'just worked' and the PiTA level has gone down by a huge factor.
 
Old 06-30-2009, 09:36 PM   #4
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Mmmm - laptops have always been a PiTA.

& they may always need proprietary drivers ...
I got lucky. I installed Ubuntu on my little Toshiba laptop and it does really well. I wanted to try it on my laptop before I try it on my desktop.
 
Old 07-01-2009, 12:34 AM   #5
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Trekgirl..... on a completely unrelated note. Is your username a reference to cycling? As in the Trek brand of bicycles?
 
Old 07-01-2009, 05:29 PM   #6
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Trekgirl..... on a completely unrelated note. Is your username a reference to cycling? As in the Trek brand of bicycles?
Nope, Star Trek. I'm a total trekkie!
 
Old 07-01-2009, 11:46 PM   #7
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Another admirable form of Trek- My present car is named Chewbacca, my next one will be Sulu, my present bike is named Han, my next one... not too sure on a name yet.
 
Old 07-02-2009, 09:34 AM   #8
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Another admirable form of Trek- My present car is named Chewbacca, my next one will be Sulu, my present bike is named Han, my next one... not too sure on a name yet.
I do the same thing with servers. I named a domain controller Titan, and a web filter Tholian Web. My linux server thats handling all the spam is simply named Jack (Jaunty Jackalope) although that was expanded for cool geek factor to Jack the Ripper. LOL!
 
Old 07-02-2009, 02:16 PM   #9
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LOL- that is quality. I name all my computers after the person who gave it to me or helped me build it. My new laptop though- my girlfriend named Lola, her reasoning is that Lola will take up a ton of my time that would normally be spent with her. It's actually quite hilarious.
 
Old 07-03-2009, 12:38 AM   #10
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LOL- that is quality. I name all my computers after the person who gave it to me or helped me build it. My new laptop though- my girlfriend named Lola, her reasoning is that Lola will take up a ton of my time that would normally be spent with her. It's actually quite hilarious.
She may be right. I think I spend more time with my computers than I do with people. A hazard of the job when you're a Sys Admin and a computer junkie.
 
Old 07-05-2009, 10:58 PM   #11
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Meh- it happens.
But computers are so fun!!! :-p
 
  


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