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Old 03-10-2005, 11:02 AM   #1
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Slack on a PowerPC


Hi-
I am in the processing of purchasing a new laptop. I want to buy a laptop without MS on it, but it doesn't look like I'm going to have very much sucess. I have done some googling and it looks like the only way you can get a laptop is if you get it with MS on it. (Someone please correct me if I'm wrong, also if they know of any manufacturers that will sell me a sweet laptop without MS, let me know.)
So...I have been pondering the idea of purchasing an Apple. I know that that limits the Linux distributions that I can use. I want to use Slackware. Does anyone know if Slackware works on Apple laptops? If not then this furthers my dilemma (since we all know how awesome Slackware is). I noticed that you can buy a new Apple laptop that has both OS X and Yellow Dog on it.
Anyways that's what I have to say..I hate MS.
Chris
 
Old 03-10-2005, 11:20 AM   #2
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There is/was a project called slackintosh, which is
an unofficial port of slackware. Not to degrade slackware, but
OS X is a great operating system. It has the great look and
feel with Aqua, and it is based on Freebsd, Unix. They even
give you a terminal. I have not made the switch official, but
When I got a powerbook I felt right as home.

-tank
 
Old 03-10-2005, 12:34 PM   #3
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Walmart is/was supposed to sell a linux based laptop on the cheap. I'm sure the hardware isn't cutting edge, but the price was really low.
 
Old 03-10-2005, 12:44 PM   #4
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These are what you were talking about, I think. Cheap, low-end, and comes with Linspire installed. Great starter machine, is my guess.
 
Old 03-10-2005, 12:56 PM   #5
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hmm...i don't really want to give my money to wal-mart. i was hoping for an ibm thinkpad or a toshiba if i got a laptop pc. any ideas if ibm sells thinkpads without XP?
 
Old 03-10-2005, 01:02 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally posted by cddesjar
hmm...i don't really want to give my money to wal-mart.
here here!

As you said, I wouldn't hold out much hope. When I purchased my laptop a year or so ago, there was nothing out there without the M$ tax.
 
Old 03-10-2005, 01:17 PM   #7
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There are a couple companies that sell linux loaded laptops. As well, I believe IBM still sells thinkpads without Windows loaded on them.

Thinkpads are awesome machines - that's what i would suggest.
 
Old 03-10-2005, 01:23 PM   #8
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i just called ibm and they told me i can't get a laptop without XP on it.
BTW- I don't care if linux is pre-installed, that's half the fun is installing it yourself.

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