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Old 07-31-2013, 02:14 PM   #1
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Anyone running Centos 6.4 on an Ultrabook / Thin & Light


Looking preferably to run Centos 6.4 on a new Thinkpad thin & light laptop (Lighter than a T430), second choice an ASUS. Any experience or recommendations.
 
Old 08-02-2013, 01:46 AM   #2
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CentOS (a RedHat EL clone) wasn't created to run on laptops, it was created with running on professional ("enterprise") environments in mind.

I'm not saying that it cannot be done; I ran RHEL on a Thinkpad T60 for a while. But, like me, you might run into snags that are hard to get around (if you can at all). I decided to remove RHEL after a few weeks and put Debian on it, which made life much easier and gave me a much better user experience.

I would advise you to choose a different Linux distro (if at all possible) to put on your new laptop.

Probably not the answer you where looking for but I thought it would be worth mentioning.

On the subject of choosing a laptop that runs linux, are you aware of these links:
- How to Choose a Linux Laptop (PCWorld)
- Linux on Laptops
 
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Yes, I am well aware that it will not be easy to run a modern laptop with such an old operating system and kernel. I want it for a Centos class I might be taking. I have been running Centos on my desktop ever since version 5 was released, and now up to 6.4, but I will be away from home when I take this class for a couple of months and need to just need to have a portable a computer with me, so why not dual boot Centos with Windows 7. Although Thinkpad screens are garbage, I see that the T430s is certified for Centos 6.3 and several people are using it with Centos, so as a last resort I will pick up one of those. The ASUS UX31 is also a popular choice, but it has a few hardware issues.

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Old 08-02-2013, 06:16 AM   #4
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Yes, I am well aware that it will not be easy to run a modern laptop with such an old operating system and kernel.
I'm not (only) talking about it not being state-of-the-art, the whole concept is based on professional environments. Having stable, trusted versions of software is just one part of that.

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I want it for a Centos class I might be taking.
In that case all the modern gadgets might not be of interest. Have you thought about running CentOS in a VM instead? This would add the extra flexibility to manipulate some of the "hardware" that's being used. What you prefer as host is now up to your liking and doesn't have to be CentOS.
 
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I wouldn't have thought 6.4 was particularly out of date. I would expect a (current) Centos course to involve at least some KVM build/management.
Certainly the last RHEL certification I did did. That means a native build plus guests.

Don't know about an ultra-book, but an cheap AMD laptop did the job as a test-bed for both RHEL 6 and SLES 11 for me.
 
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I have no desire for Virtual installs. I have used them in the past, and just too slow with the extra layer; I prefer interfacing directly with the hardware. Centos 6.4 isn't even a 3 version kernel. Also, I don't have to install Centos, but since I need to buy a laptop anyway I figure why not load Centos as well, but I want something with decent compatibility from the start. I could go with a Thinkpad T4xx or a T5xx series, that I know for sure are compatible, but they are just way too heavy. This is all off topic anyway.
 
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Centos 6.4 isn't even a 3 version kernel.
Seems like you really do need that training - as Linus said, the number itself is meaningless.
Have a read of this for a start. Note the date of the article.
 
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Scientific Linux (same as CentOS, basically) runs great on my laptop and netbook, no problems at all and very stable.
 
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Scientific Linux (same as CentOS, basically) runs great on my laptop and netbook, no problems at all and very stable.
What make and model is your laptop?
 
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Some piece of junk that came with Vista originally. I can lookup the model number for you this weekend if you like.

You might find this list useful: http://www.redhat.com/rhel/compatibility/hardware/

(Red Hat certified hardware should also run CentOS equally well.)
 
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Some piece of junk that came with Vista originally. I can lookup the model number for you this weekend if you like.

You might find this list useful: http://www.redhat.com/rhel/compatibility/hardware/

(Red Hat certified hardware should also run CentOS equally well.)
Thanks, but no need. I am looking for something fairly current and light weight.

Yes, I have a bunch of Linux compatibility sites bookmarked including that one, as well as Linux laptop vendors, so it gives me a good idea of what works, but there is not a lot of information for the newer laptops (Some of that due to the hardware being too new and also because reviews just have not been written yet). The site you listed is where I found the T430s is certified with 6.3.

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