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Old 02-26-2016, 03:33 PM   #1
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Dell laptops with Slackware


Hi everyone,
I'm planning to buy a new laptop soon, and I plan on running either Slackware or Gentoo on it. I like the look of Dell's developer line, specifically the XPS 13 and the Precision 15 5510. I figured that because they ship with Ubuntu, Slackware shouldn't be too hard to get working, especially with the kernel in 14.2.

Does anyone have experience with Slackware (or other Linux) on these or models like them? Any advice?

Thanks.
 
Old 02-26-2016, 04:08 PM   #2
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Does anyone have experience with Slackware (or other Linux) on these or models like them? Any advice?

Thanks.
If Ubuntu runs on them then I would bet that Slackware or Gentoo will run just fine. Before you buy I would check the LQ Hardware compatibility list for known issues. You can also google known issues with that model or go to Linux on laptops.
 
Old 02-26-2016, 05:14 PM   #3
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I installed Slackware on a E6420 and have no problems at all.

Also installed it on a Toshiba C55-A5300, and also have no problems.
 
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Old 02-26-2016, 08:49 PM   #4
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As reported here:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...4/#post5503609

there is a possibility that restoring after suspend may result in the wireless being turned off. This is an issue starting with the 4.2.x kernel. (The above link has another link in it, and I would encourage you to read all the info.) This wireless being turned off on a restore was observed on my E7250 (which other works great with Slackware - current). Because of this issue, I have been building my own kernel and using the 4.1.x kernel with no issues, currently at 4.1.18.

Since you are looking into getting a new XPS, I would recommend that you use Slackware-current in order to support all the hardware on the XPS.
 
Old 02-28-2016, 11:03 AM   #5
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I've had four Dell laptops (along with, now, three Dell desktops; an Optiplex 780 and two Dimension 8400s that are about 10 years old). The current laptop, an Inspiron 1750, has worked just fine with, um, three, maybe four Slackware releases.

All of them came with some flavor of Windows (the Dimensions were Win98, ran dual boot for a month or so and have been Windows free since). I get box, it's got Windows, I blow it away and install Slackware, maybe keep the Windows disk for one virtual machine "just in case I have to have it for something." None of them have ever had anything on them but Slackware (well, the original Windows but...).

I tend not to fiddle with things. I do a full install, I keep it up to date. All the systems are configured identically -- same disk partitions (different sizes, same names), Xfce, all connected to my LAN with Ethernet, the laptop has built-in wi-fi and I use wicd for that when it's not connected with Ethernet.

Every darned one of them work just fine with no fiddling around -- I like stability, I like Slackware.

A friend, also a Slackware user, bought a new Dell laptop about three months ago. He does the same thing I do except that he installs VirtualBox and has virtual machines running it that on his laptop (currently Win7 and Win10). I don't know the model but it's got a larger screen than the one I have (which is 17"). Zero problems with the Slackware side, only typical Windows crap on the other side (he supports Windows folks, I only support one friend).

He's a happy camper, I'm a happy camper, I can't see any reason to go anywhere else but Dell if for no other reason than they're reasonably priced, got enough gidddyup, and work fine with Slackware.

Oh, yeah, you can now get AMD processors (my friend's is a quad, mine are all dual). He likes eye candy, I don't, no big deal -- his LED display is really nice, though.

I should note that when I order, I order models that have Intel graphics -- don't want to deal with the proprietary graphics cards (even if, yes, they do work, I just don't want to screw with stuff that won't work off the shelf and, frankly, it's hard to tell the difference between Intel and whatever any more). Slackware 14.1 on that Inspiron 1750 works when I shut the lid and open it up again, kinda slick, that and I didn't have to do anything to make it work.

Anyway, hope this helps some.
 
Old 02-28-2016, 11:54 AM   #6
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He's a happy camper, I'm a happy camper, I can't see any reason to go anywhere else but Dell if for no other reason than they're reasonably priced, got enough gidddyup, and work fine with Slackware.
My three desktops are Dells and they work perfectly with Slackware. Dell has a solid reputation for supporting Linux.
 
Old 02-28-2016, 10:53 PM   #7
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I've gotten good service from my Dells, including with Slackware, but have you considered a Linux-based vendor?

For the price of an XPS with native Ubuntu, you could easily get a native Linux laptop from a native Linux vendor such as Zareason, System76, or ThinkPenguin, if you are within their service areas.

I'm very happy with my Zareasons; the hardware and the customer service are excellent. Plus Zareason lets you pick your distro, including Slackware. (If you want Gentoo, they'll probably let you take care of that.)

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Old 02-29-2016, 04:48 AM   #8
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I have been using Slackware on Dell laptops for about 15 years now, mostly Latitude series. Imho, these Dell laptops are simply the most troublefree laptops you can get to run Linux. They are also very easy to service. Currently running x64-current on a Dell Latitude E6320 (Core i5, 8 GB Ram, 120 GB SSD), and it works just perfectly.
The same goes for Dell desktops I am using, mostly Optiplex series. No problems at all, it all just works.

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Old 02-29-2016, 08:26 AM   #9
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I've been running slackware on Dell desktops and laptops for about 12 years. I'm a network/sys admin in a windows/cisco environment. I've run current and stable on all my dell laptops. Currently running 14.1 on a Lattitude 6440. Slackware has always run very stable and solid on all the dells (many) I've used.

The dells I use at work come pre-loaded with windows. I always wipe them and setup a dual boot (win 7 enterprise and slackware) for just a few windows applications I need to run at work, which there is no getting around using anything but windows for. I find myself in slackware 90% of the time and only booting to windows for the apps that require it.

When I upgrade to 14.2 I'll probably set up a VM for this and do-away with the dual boot.

IMHO and experience, dell and slackware play very nicely together.
 
Old 02-29-2016, 08:43 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by skush View Post
Hi everyone,
I'm planning to buy a new laptop soon, and I plan on running either Slackware or Gentoo on it. I like the look of Dell's developer line, specifically the XPS 13 and the Precision 15 5510. I figured that because they ship with Ubuntu, Slackware shouldn't be too hard to get working, especially with the kernel in 14.2.

Does anyone have experience with Slackware (or other Linux) on these or models like them? Any advice?

Thanks.
Generally, if you follow the HCL, just about all systems that have components that have proper drivers either free or OEM provided as well as firmware if required, should work.

I've used Dell, HP, Toshiba, and Acer laptops, all with fairly good results.
 
Old 02-29-2016, 09:17 AM   #11
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Hi,

I really like my Dell Laptops. Slackware has played nice with most of them. The Dell XPS702L had optimus and to use that the bumblebeed had to be installed and tweaked. The XPS has a Intel GPU that was used to conserve power when I did not need Optimus. If you do some searches here on the Slackware forum you will find loads of posts relative to Dell.

You can scroll down within this thread to find a few similar threads. But a search on Slackware forum will produce more.

I am now using a new Dell Inspiron 15 while on vacation with W8.1 but will get Slackware along with s SSD to make this baby fly. Plus bump the memory, I have sticks at home that will fit/meet the requirements.

I am sure that if you purchase a Dell and have any problems that you will find some helpful people here at LQ with Dell and Slackware experiences.

Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!
 
Old 02-29-2016, 12:01 PM   #12
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I have Dell Latitude E7450. I first installed slackware64-14.1. Network card didn't work, probably because of too old kernel. Then I installed slackware64-current, and the laptop has been working fine.
 
Old 02-29-2016, 03:13 PM   #13
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Thanks

Thanks, everyone, for the responses; its good to hear that most of you had success with Dell laptops.
 
Old 03-01-2016, 08:53 AM   #14
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no experience with dell but will definitely recommend any of thinkpad T series. im running slackware 14.1 on t430 decent machine.
 
Old 03-01-2016, 09:15 AM   #15
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no experience with dell but will definitely recommend any of thinkpad T series. im running slackware 14.1 on t430 decent machine.
And that relates to the OP topic how? The Op is asking about Dell Laptop equipment not Thinkpad!
 
  


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