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I'm about to buy a laptop but I hear a lot of laptop these days aren't fully compatible with Linux, due to winmodems, etc..... Anyone know any good up to date laptops that are fully compatible with linux? Thanks
I love Slackware, I switched to it a few weeks back, and it is the best. But here's a cool trick I learned when I went shopping for a laptop:
1) Download and burn a Knoppix CD.
2) Take it to the store with you, and convince the salesperson to let you boot the different laptops they have from the CD.
3) You'll quickly figure out which are supported by linux.
I have been running Mandrake distros 7.1-9.0 on a cheep generic P120 laptop and a Gateway 5300, I've had some issues with LCD setup, but nothing I couldn't solve, and I'm a linux idiot at this point....
I have a Compaq LTE5300 and have managed to get Slackware 8.1 on a spare 1.2Gig hard drive (2" little guy). I would have loved to find a driver for the PCMCIA NIC (3COM "Megahertz" 10/100 model 3CXFE574BT), but apparently no one has written one (yet)? There are plenty of other 3COM drivers, but not a "574B" apparently. I tried installing via the 8-floppy method, but had to resort to doing the install on a desktop and then transfer the drive to the laptop when done -- All because the NIC drivers that are included would not work (and I DID have PCMCIA turned on too! -- using the auxillary PCMCIA floppy disk that is). I'm still having problems setting up XWindows and trying to figure out the boot errors with the "default" screen resolution, but at least it works! Anyone else? (maybe a little help?, in which case I probably should post somewhere else ;-) )...