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Old 03-16-2007, 03:00 PM   #1
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Lightweight laptop for running Linux


I want to get a lightweight laptop (about the size/weight of the smaller Apple MacBook, i.e. something I can carry back and forth between college in my bag easily), with long battery life. Not too concerned with processor speed etc. as long as I can cut code on it, that's fine! Won't be gaming or anything like that.

However, I will only want to run Linux on it. So I'm looking for something which has a good reputation with Linux, i.e. one where all of the power management facilities work under Linux without too much effort.

Any suggestions? What are the Sony Vaio's like for Linux support?

Many thanks,

Richard Hayden.
Old 03-17-2007, 10:05 AM   #2
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Sony Vaio's are notoriously anti-Linux compatible. Not saying that you won't be able to get it working, just that it can be a challenge with some models (the same is true of a retail copy of Windows).

Your best bet is to find a manufacturer and model that you like, and check out the installation experiences on Linux on Laptops.
Old 03-18-2007, 08:09 PM   #3
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You could always get a Pepperpad 3... But it's more of a Tablet PC than laptop...
Old 03-20-2007, 10:24 AM   #4
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I have a Compaq v3133au..( its a normal laptop, weighs abt 5.3 pounds )..
after some efforts, i have got everything working on it, using bluewhite64 linux (64bit port of slackware)..
wifi, display, bluetooth, sound, network, multimedia keys etc...

but i'm not sure if it the weight will suit u.. otherwise its an excellent performer...
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I would say that I have had most success with the ThinkPads over the years. Although Lenovo now seem to be adding a few extra mm of thickness to the case thinking that people would not notice, so I would never buy one. Check out the thickness of the T60. Disappointing really compared to the previous T series.

Anwyay, just make sure you search here before you purchase ...


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