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Old 07-23-2011, 12:42 PM   #16
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[QUOTE=kostya;4422681]Perhaps ANY laptop (if it is not a MAC) you can buy will do .

On the other hand, there are PPC versions of many different distros. I just finished a Debian Squeeze minimal installation on a Powerbook G4 867. LXDE seems to be running pretty well for me, but you mentioned not using X at all.
 
Old 07-25-2011, 03:37 AM   #17
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Perhaps ANY laptop (if it is not a MAC) you can buy will do .

On the other hand, there are PPC versions of many different distros. I just finished a Debian Squeeze minimal installation on a Powerbook G4 867. LXDE seems to be running pretty well for me, but you mentioned not using X at all.
No problems with EFI? Just after I read in Fedora install guide that "EFI installation unsupported"...
 
Old 07-28-2011, 09:28 PM   #18
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Back again. I agree with Kostya. Finding a laptop as old as you want may be difficult and probably unnecessary as you can almost certainly find better ones for next to nothing. Apart from junk rooms, classifieds, deceased estate auctions, you could try charities and ask if they will sell you their older stock. HP - Hewlett Packard printers are usually linux compatible and I believe HP/Compaq laptops may be also. I own a recently purchased new Compaq CQ62-310AU and everything worked ok with Debian Squeeze, including webcam, sound, although I haven't used the HDMI port. Now they cost ~ $440AU. But again take a relevant live CD with you.

Another thought occurred to me. If you are going to use the internet on it, with older linux distros that support that hardware, you may want to consider if they have unpatched security issues in that distro you need to address.
 
Old 07-29-2011, 04:47 AM   #19
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HP - Hewlett Packard printers are usually linux compatible
Yes, even provide Linux drivers... though newer ones are known to cause problems; Samsung printers, on the other hand, are cheaper and stronger built and work like charm with foomatic PPD's. I'm so happy with my Samsung ML-2850D (black'n'white) duplex printer that cost me a bit above 100$ last year. Full PostScript support included .
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and I believe HP/Compaq laptops may be also. I own a recently purchased new Compaq CQ62-310AU and everything worked ok with Debian Squeeze, including webcam, sound, although I haven't used the HDMI port. Now they cost ~ $440AU. But again take a relevant live CD with you.

Another thought occurred to me. If you are going to use the internet on it, with older linux distros that support that hardware, you may want to consider if they have unpatched security issues in that distro you need to address.
Good points, too .
Systems based on NVidia, Intel or AMD chipset are Linux-supported, and that in addition to the good quality of the chips themselves. VIA, on the other hand, I would try to avoid the best I can. Anyway, as you're not targeted at buying some bleeding-edge hardware, whatever you buy will be supported, cause the guys have done a really good job about hardware drivers and all that.

Just perhaps your softmodem might lack support, but who's using them these days anyway. If you should need a COM-port, then there are USB-sticks with COM-ports available. For most of the stuff you might be missing in your laptop there are now CardBus cards delivering the needed capabilities, just make sure to buy a laptop with CardBus slot to it.

So... if I were you I'd study this most interesting segment of the market and what it can offer. Better than buy some piece of junk and then discover you need some other piece to enable the capabilities you didn't suspect you might need on a laptop. You see, since you discovered you want a laptop, you may then discover some other needs as well...
 
Old 07-29-2011, 03:39 PM   #20
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a notebook? I would look for a second hand machine. Then I would take my CF card (8GB with slitaz, knoppix, tinycorelinux, partedmagic, hdm), put it on an usb adapter and boot the machine with these different distros. I would spend 1 hour in testing what happens with the box. After you tested it, buy it! perhaps is the buyer amused in seeing you doing the whole test. And want to see you testing.
I went already into a computer shop (ireland) and was testing different laptops with linux. The guy was let me changing the boot options without problems. This is perhaps a question of culture.. I dont think it would be possible in germany..
So: go for a second and test it (or let a "linux" friend doing it.
 
Old 07-31-2011, 10:25 PM   #21
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The guy was let me changing the boot options without problems. This is perhaps a question of culture.. I dont think it would be possible in germany..
So: go for a second and test it (or let a "linux" friend doing it.

I think it would be a problem in some shops here, some are more technically oriented and some mainly commercial. Here Dick Smith shops tend to employ more techie people than some. But all you can do is ask. Mind you they may get a bit testy if you are doing it for a while, when they are busy.

I don't think there is ONE right answer. You are simply going to have to look at what you require for hardware, what is available and you are prepared to pay, and then test it with your favorite distros. You may then still have to tinker with the kernel to get support for some hardware. The number of permutations possible is astounding. Some manufacturers are far better than others at this, eg: HP / Compaq. Once you know what model the laptop is, you can try checking on web prior to purchase also for linux support.

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Old 08-01-2011, 12:21 AM   #22
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My Two Cents

I'm running Fedora 14 on a 70-series EEE (the original netbook) without any issues and it is decent speed. I think your OS would be even faster.

However, unless you have a friend or relative willing to give you an old machine, you are better off buying new laptop. You are risking a bad battery or short life with a used laptop that could easily cost more than the little bit you may save on a new one.

I would suggest you consider machines from ZaReason. Mostly I like them because I met them and they are friendly and it is family-run. Best of all, they don't freak out at all if you want to open up the computer or make mods - which you may do given your previous profession. They don't offer a huge selection, but you are guaranteed to get a computer that will run Linux. Even if you don't buy, it will at least give you an something to compare other non-Windows stock laptops too.
 
Old 12-07-2011, 12:27 PM   #23
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Cool Check this also

Hi,

For various models that are guaranteed to work with Linux, you might want to check out --> http//www.emperorlinux.com
They carry well-known brands and different models and configurations; the specs you can find on their pages, while deciding from their inventory, the model that you think you would purchase (somewhere else?).

Bye,

WiseSon
 
  


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