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Old 11-22-2004, 08:10 AM   #1
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Laptop friendly newbie Distro

Right, I'm fairly proficient with linux, I use Debian on my desktop and Gentoo on my server, and know basically what I'm doing. However, I'm not familiar with other distros, as I never really bothered with them. I'm now in the position of fixing and looking after other student machines in my college at university, and more than a few have asked about Linux on their laptop... while more than happy to help these people, I'm not sure what to install for them, and am now looking forward to about 25 entirely different laptops with some form of Linuxy goodness. So here are the rules for suggestions :

1: Must be very laptop friendly. I don't want to fiddle with every laptop to get stuff working. 3D graphics support is unimportant, but sound, on board ethernet and 2D graphics should work straight off after install.

2: Install must give at least KDE, OpenOffice, an IM client with MSN support, and media players. Firefox and Thunderbird would be nice too.

3: Should be very simple to use, as these are all first time users. I can handle an unintuitive installer though, so don't worry about that too much

Remember that these machines are all different, so the thing has to be flexible...

Old 11-22-2004, 08:13 AM   #2
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apologies, i thought i was posting this to distros... mod please move?
Old 11-22-2004, 08:20 AM   #3
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I have used Mandrake 9+ on my laptop. Works like a charm. Sound support, touch pad support etc.
Easy to use newbie wise.
Comes with kopette for messenger.
Have even put it on my girlfriends laptop
Old 11-22-2004, 08:34 AM   #4
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What you're asking is impossible, because nobody can make asumptions about dozens of different laptops... You know Linux, so you know the problem.

On the other hand, I'd say you'll have your best luck with latest Mandrake. Mandrake has always been very good with autodetecting my hardware, and very often autoconfiguring it (includes laptop, towerpc, and epia box).



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