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Old 10-30-2003, 05:51 AM   #1
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Question Laptops & Linux

Im gonning to be buying a laptop soon and wondering the following questions;

1) Does linux support Hot Swapping drives?
2) Does linux have support with most latops?
3) Can linux support Wireless Networking?
4) Can I use Knoppix Mandrake or Debian on a laptop?

I thinking of maybe getting an IBM T21 Notebook... - is this capable of Linux support as well?

Old 10-30-2003, 10:02 AM   #2
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I can't answer most of your questions but......
I think you should be able to run Linux on that laptop.

I have XandrOS Linux and RedHat 9 on an HP laptop. Knoppix and most other Live CD versions run great on it. This laptop has a 1 Ghz AMD processor and 512 Mb RAM. No problems at all with Linux. All hardware is detected and works great.

I also have Mandrake 9, ASP Linux 9, and XandrOS Linux on a Compaq Laptop. This one is older and is a 400 Mhz with only 96 Mb of RAM. It is slower but everything works great with no real problems.

I plan to try out Suse Linux soon as well as some Debian based distros other than Knoppix. When I decide on my favorite I will most likely stick with it.

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Old 10-30-2003, 10:15 AM   #3
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to answer your questions
1) yes
2) don't know which laptops are supported
4)depends on your type of laptop, but most likely yes
Old 10-30-2003, 10:17 AM   #4
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short answer:

1) no idea
2) yes
3) yes
4) yes

long answer:

a bit of reading up will give you details
Old 10-31-2003, 03:22 PM   #5
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I've had nothing but Linux installed on my Laptop, both Mandrake 9.0 and Slackware 9, until you try it you won't know for sure. Some tips:

Search for the subjects you mentioned on this site. Its my first port of call when I have a problem.

Try the Linux Documentation Project:

Search google for linux related questions at:

Check out Linux on Laptops at:

Old 11-02-2003, 05:43 AM   #6
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Slackware-9.1 on a Dell Inspiron 5150, works great. Laptops and linux go pretty well together.


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