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DreameR-X 04-28-2005 11:59 PM

Off to College...Taking Linux With Me...on What?
Hey guys, I got into the Linux scene last fall during my senior of high school. Due to time issues, I left it alone, but over this summer I plan on delving back into it again (probably w/ Slackware). Are there any super Linux-friendly laptops I should be looking at? Or are they all fairly compatible now adays? Thanks ahead!

Thoreau 04-29-2005 12:55 AM

Here are a list of linux certified/pre-installed laptops. And no, most laptops suck ass. If it isn't a winmodem, it's some other ghetto .dll software driven pile. Be careful when buying to make sure all features are kernel native. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Adony 04-29-2005 12:56 AM

Taking a look here might be a good starting point for what to buy

J.W. 04-29-2005 12:58 AM

In my experience, although IBM Thinkpads are more expensive, they are worth every penny and are very Linux-friendly -- J.W.

masonm 04-29-2005 09:39 AM

As indicated in the above replies, it would pay off to do your homework before buying a lappy. A little research will prevent many headaches.

I like the linuxcertified machines, but there are several choices available to you if you do a bit of research.

DreameR-X 04-29-2005 09:54 AM

Thanks a lot guys!

Robert G. Hays 05-01-2005 03:12 PM

Also, the newer Dell lappys are supposed to be pretty good, at least for RH & FC.

I personally love Toshibas, but unfortunately, most of what I hear is that they specifically are not too good for Linux. Sigh.

IBMs do have a good rating, but yes, check onlines for any given MODEL you think to buy.


DreameR-X 05-01-2005 05:21 PM

Thanks! I think I'm going with a new Dell Inspiron 600M, as it got rave reviews for Slackware (which I plan on using)...the only bugs were w/ the wireless and monitor power off...but both of those things have fixes already (just need to download them). Thanks for all of the help guys!

patfm 05-01-2005 10:13 PM

I've had horrible experience with my linuxcertified laptop.

List of things which failed:

* power switch (jiggle the power switch, the machine shuts down, instantly)
* battery (won't charge)

Those two things alone are enough to turn me away from linuxcertified forever.


DreameR-X 05-01-2005 11:28 PM

Good to know (just to prevent last-minute switches). Any bad news on Dell 600Ms (preferably the latest model)?

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