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Old 01-26-2008, 05:29 PM   #1
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Which Laptop would you recommend for Linux?


My HP Pavilion just died and I could not fix it. Beware with those of you that want to buy HP Pavilion machines, there is an issue with the the connector for the power switch and it's just a matter of time before your machine won't be able to use the power adapter and it overheats!!

Can someone recommend me a laptop that meets the following criteria:

1. Works with Linux. Meaning there are drivers for video card, sound card, wireless card, etc.

2. Is not too heavy, light as possible, and known to be sturdy. I learned my lesson with the HP Pavilion. My next laptop needs to be able to go on the road without dying on me.

3. Has a decent video card that will allow me to play games(quake). An S-Video out a must! I want to hook it up to my TV.

Hopefully the one you will recommend will not be too pricey. I will be using the machine mainly to play games and play my mp3z.

Any input will be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 01-26-2008, 06:36 PM   #2
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Here is a link to the best site I have found for laptop information.

http://www.linux-laptop.net/

Just about every brand is listed there, with what distro was installed, and with what result. ( drivers etc )

There are now some vendors selling laptops with linux installed. I would suggest you look at IBM Think Pads, there are some very good results with some models. Dell is selling machines with Ubuntu installed. You may want to look into them.

BTW, the price goes up very quickly with 'small and light' Those items are subjective to some degree, so look through that site and see what you can find.
 
Old 01-27-2008, 08:48 AM   #3
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Here is a link to the best site I have found for laptop information.

http://www.linux-laptop.net/

Just about every brand is listed there, with what distro was installed, and with what result. ( drivers etc )

There are now some vendors selling laptops with linux installed. I would suggest you look at IBM Think Pads, there are some very good results with some models. Dell is selling machines with Ubuntu installed. You may want to look into them.

BTW, the price goes up very quickly with 'small and light' Those items are subjective to some degree, so look through that site and see what you can find.

Thank you for your input.

I was hoping someone could provide input from their own experience.

Ive been looking at tigetdirect.com and newegg.com and off course the retailers but I was hoping someone that personally know of a laptop would recommend it to me, thanks anyway.
 
Old 01-27-2008, 09:13 AM   #4
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My wife is on her second Dell Inspiron (she worked the first one to death, trying to substitute it for a desktop system). Having learned that a laptop isn't intended for that, she now has a desktop system and the laptop for when we travel.

She has winXP and I have Suse 9.3 installed, with grub setup to dual boot our respective OS of choice. Neither of us has had problems (other than the problems one would expect with mswindows).
 
  


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