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HankTk 09-03-2013 12:34 PM

Lightweight laptops running Slackware - Post your model
Hi everyone!

I'm on the prowl for a *modern* lightweight (preferably 11 - 13 inch) laptop that can run Slackware with little or no compatibility issues.

Budget: max $1200 US (preferably less).

I'd like to hear who's got it running and on what model, perhaps state if there are any issues.

I've search-engined near and far, but haven't found any list of models which have been verified for Slackware. The most intriguing result I found was he Slackhat ARM project for the Samsung Chromebook:

However, there doesn't seem to have been any updates on there for a while.

So please, any experience at all, even if it's a bigger laptop would be interesting to know about.
Thank you so much for all your replies!
Here's a thread summary on devices mentioned so far:
No compatibility issues:
- Acer Aspire One netbook
- Acer Aspire 5735, 15.6" (Intel core 2 duo T6400)
- Asus 1005 HA EeePC
- Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A R4004H, 13.3" (Core i7) (non-touch version)
- Asus Zenbook UX31A, 15", (Core i7, Ivy bridge)
- Dell XPS L702x, (Core i7) 16GB RAM, 120GB SSD
- Dell Inspiron 1750
- Dell Latitude D520
- HP Mini, model 210-1000 (N450 processor)
- HP DM4-2058, 14"
- Lenovo Z580, 15", (Core i7)
- Samsung n110
- Samsung n150
- Hercules eCafe EC-800 (400Mhz) (Boots slow, but works well afterwards)
- Thinkpad T21 (Pentium III/256MB) (Boots slow, but works well afterwards)
- Thinkpad x41
- ThinkPad T60
- Thinkpad T61, 14,1"
- Thinkpad x100e
- Thinkpad T400, 14"
- Thinkpad T410
- ZaReason Strata

Requires work:
- Asus Travelmate (Due to Broadcom wireless)
- Dell Latitude C400, 12", (Ran Slackware 13 well, lacked intel video driver in Slackware 14)
- Dell Inspiron 1545n (Due to Broadcom wireless)
- HP 635 (Doesn't play YouTUbe videos)
- HP Pavilion DM1 (ATI video card uses the proprietary fglrx driver. Wireless works perfectly using the broadcom-sta driver. Audio configuration requires some fiddling to work)
- Lenovo G430 3000 14" (Due to Broadcom wireless)
- Lenovo T430s 14" (Due to intel graphic card - Solution: rebuild kernel)
- Sony VAIO SR Model VGN-SR36GN/B (When in the console, the screen is blanker, goes white instead of black)

Toshiba Satellite M115-S3104 (screen at times blanks out after the video driver kicks in on boot up)

Woodsman 09-03-2013 01:17 PM

A couple of months ago I bought a used Thinkpad T400 (14 inch 1280x800) for $200. No compatibility issues and I'm reasonably content.

frankbell 09-03-2013 08:42 PM

I have a Dell Inspiron 1545n, which is getting on to three or four years old, and an even older Asus Travelmate both running Slackware Current. The only issue is that both have Broadcom, so I had to expend some extra energy to get that working. Slackware on both is its usual rock-solid self.

I also have a Dell Mini9 netbook what has run Ubuntu, Salix, Bodhi, and Mint without issue. With Dells, the main issue seems to be their fondness for Broadcom wireless. All the other crucial interal stuff seems to be Intel.

I'm toying with getting my next laptop from Zareason, which allows you to pick your Linux distro. They are no cheap, and I have no idea what the pricing would be like for someone in Sweden.

dugan 09-03-2013 08:57 PM


Originally Posted by Woodsman (Post 5021032)
A couple of months ago I bought a used Thinkpad T400 (14 inch 1280x800) for $200. No compatibility issues and I'm reasonably content.

This model is very popular among longtime Slackware users. I have one, Robby Workman has (or had) one, and Alien Bob has (or had) one. And, of course, Woodsman has one.

hitest 09-03-2013 10:15 PM

I have a 3-4 year old Acer Aspire One netbook running slackware-current. I've also run Debian-testing and Mint on the unit.

PrinceCruise 09-04-2013 01:44 AM

4 years old Lenovo G430 3000(14 inch). Not really lightweight.
Running Slackware 14.0 since it was released like a champ. The Broadcom wireless requires bit of work, although I use an external USB modem.


Richard Cranium 09-04-2013 01:51 AM

HP 635. Slackware64 14.0.

Works great, except that it is unable to play most Youtube videos.

vonbiber 09-04-2013 04:07 AM

lenovo T430s 14" (intel graphic card)
I had an issue with the graphic card (random freezing)
which was solved by building a new kernel

Ilgar 09-04-2013 04:08 AM

I have a 4 year old Asus 1005 HA EeePC netbook that works wonderfully running Slackware 14.0. Its Atom processor is slower than those available today, it is still so good enough that although I now have a 15" Core i7 Lenovo Z580 notebook (also running Slackware64), even at home I still mainly prefer the little EeePC.

jostber 09-04-2013 07:25 AM

I have a new Asus Zenbook UX31A with Slackware 14.0 64bit running like a charm.

onebuck 09-04-2013 07:49 AM

Member Response

I have a Dell XPS L702x i7 16GB, 120GB SSD, Laptop running Slackware64, no issues. I did tweak the install for a better/cleaner GUI experience. :)
Love the back-lighted keyboard.

Plus using Optimus via Bumblebeed which did require some setup but doable. My Dells are all refurbished units at a fair price from Dell outlet. I have not had any problems from Dell for hardware repairs under warranty.

In fact the warranty extension was cheap for additional 2 years. XPS will be replaced sometime near the end of warranty. Mainly to stay current with hardware.

Purchased a Compaq CQ60 for a project but sold the unit after project completion. Got my investment back! :)

tronayne 09-04-2013 08:57 AM

I've got a Dell Inspiron 1750 and have zero problems with it running Slackware 64-bit 14.0.

I do not dual boot any of my Dell systems, I partition, install Slackware, and go from there (one box has VirtualBox on it with Win7 that I hardly ever use for anything, mostly just Patch Tuesday).

One thing I did and do was order non-proprietary graphics, they're all standard Intel graphics and it works just fine (I see so many threads about problems with AMD and Nvidia graphics and fiddling with drivers that I just don't need to deal with). I use WICD, find it quick and easy to use (and I don't configure anything, it "just works") with both Ethernet and Wi-Fi connections.

Good keyboard (well except for that finger-pad thing that I just can't use and I disable it), excellent resolution with the display, not too heavy, runs cool, can't complain, when it goes someday I'll buy another.

I've had excellent service from Dell equipment -- I have two Dell Dimension 8400's (32-bit) that I use as headless data base servers. The things date from 2004, has one bad capacitor about two years ago and a new motherboard cost $50. Can't beat that with a stick. They're running 24/7 just sitting there mumbling to themselves, doing their job and not bothering me (and they've got Broadcom network cards and never had a lick of trouble with those either).

Hope this helps some.

andrew.46 09-04-2013 09:16 AM

Dell Latitude D520 running 14.0 here with absolutely no problems. I believe you can pick these up for less than $200 now...

HankTk 09-04-2013 10:10 AM


Originally Posted by jostber (Post 5021507)
I have a new Asus Zenbook UX31A with Slackware 14.0 64bit running like a charm.


I own the 15" (non-touch version)

Which of the UX31A's is this? (C4043H, R4004H, C4027H etc.)

camorri 09-04-2013 10:34 AM

I'm running Slackware 14 on a HP Mini, model 210-1000. It has a N450 processor and a gig of ram. Works fine on 14.0, I upgraded Slack13.37 to 14.0. Both versions work fine. No issues at all.

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