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tharg 08-10-2006 05:58 AM

Hardware List

I'm getting bored with Red Hat 9 and want to try a different distro (not sure what, maybe SUSE, Ubuntu or Fedora). My laptop is a DELL Inspiron 4000.

Is there anywhere that lists what distros will play ball with my laptop rather than visting each site in turn and trawling thru each forum? I've googled and googled and know of the Linux on Laptops site but its outdated.

NSWKim 08-10-2006 06:28 AM

Hi tharg,

I really must say that if you're running redhat 9 successfully on your laptop, any current version of the distro's you've mentioned should run splendidly. I'm biased towards debian and use kubuntu dapper on my laptop (inspiron 5150) so I would suggest that personally. You might try doing a search on for inspiron 4000.

marozsas 08-10-2006 07:39 AM

I haven't tryed other distros because SuSE 10.0 works like a charm and it was the first attempt. Everything works hust fine for me: wireless, bluetooth, suspend to ram and suspend to disk, usb system....

My next try will be the Novell Desktop which is based on SuSE 10.0. I read very good reports about it.

ArchAngeL13 08-10-2006 08:03 AM

I am using SUSE 10.1 on my Acer-laptop (xp-dualboot) and I’m very pleased about it. I don’t think there is anything that xp can do what SUSE 10.1 can’t (Probably someone can tell me :) but I haven’t found them myself for what I need). You could give SUSE a try. SUSE is bit bloated so it can run a little slow. I’ve got another laptop (older. medion; PIII 600Mhz, 192ram, 5 gigs HD) and I tried PClinuxOS and Kubuntu(still running) and was please with both. I am going to try Mepis 6.0, I heard a lot of good things about this distro.

Good luck!

tharg 08-11-2006 08:48 AM

Thanks for the replys chaps!

Apparently the latest version of Ubuntu and Kubuntu are LIVE CDs so I'll see if they work. This is the way I can non-destructively see if hardware works with a distro.

BTW, I tried SUSE on the Inspiron 4000 before and it just hung. Mind you that was last year...

ArchAngeL13 08-11-2006 02:54 PM

Mepis 6.0 is also a live cd. I am running it now and it has more standard software as Kubuntu (like firefox).

good luck!

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