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I use it with tape backups 1 0.72%
I use it to burn CDs/DVDs 90 64.75%
I use it to run virtual machines 48 34.53%
I use Open Office with my laptop 103 74.10%
I use Xfce 48 34.53%
I use KDE 72 51.80%
I use WindowMaker / Fluxbox / Blackbox 38 27.34%
I use Audacity to edit sound bites 33 23.74%
My laptop has a bluetooth card that I use 35 25.18%
My laptop has a fingerprint reader I use 5 3.60%
My laptop has a solid state hard drive 19 13.67%
My laptop does not have a solid state drive 101 72.66%
I use RAID arrays with my laptop 0 0%
I use LUKS / cryptsetup on my laptop 15 10.79%
My laptop has a Sony Memory Stick Reader 22 15.83%
I use a tablet to draw with my laptop 8 5.76%
My laptop has an nVidia graphics card 37 26.62%
I use a UPS with my laptop (o.O) 2 1.44%
My laptop has a touch screen 1 0.72%
My laptop also functions as a tablet 0 0%
My laptop has an Infra-red port that I use 6 4.32%
I have a working laptop that is Pentium 2 or older 15 10.79%
My laptop has an ATI graphics card 35 25.18%
I use LVM(2) with my laptop 14 10.07%
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:53 AM   #1
Registered: Sep 2008
Location: Misawa AB, Japan
Distribution: Slackware
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Slackware Laptop Usage Questionnaire


This poll is for those who use Slackware on a Laptop. Please tell me how you use Slackware on your laptop. Thanks!
Old 01-15-2010, 07:55 AM   #2
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Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Oldham, Lancs, England
Distribution: Slackware & Slackware64 14.1
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More or less the same as I use it on my desktop, except it's easier to carry around.
Old 01-15-2010, 09:20 AM   #3
Registered: Sep 2009
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 39

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apps that top my list... gcc, gdb, virtualbox, qemu, dynamips, wireshark.
i love my slackware as it forces me to fully understand whatever im trying to do and i love my laptop as it lets me do that anywhere!
Old 01-15-2010, 12:24 PM   #4
Registered: Oct 2009
Location: Japan
Distribution: Arch, Debian, Slackware
Posts: 994

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Hi PPl

I use my laptop to make preliminary sizing of aircraft

This is not very RAM/CPU consuming... generally I use XFoil/AVL to make initial estimations on L/D polars and calculate stability derivatives, I also use scripts i wrote, form Scilab and Octave for my initial design to "migrate" to optimum configurations within the restrictions of design space... basically a Multidisciplinary restricted optimization.

Then comes part two...

This is shared by my laptop, and the Behemoths of the simulation labs at Mitsubishi... I make the initial sizing/validation of the structural components using finite elements analysis software some OSS like Code Aster or Calculix some other proprietary like Nastran, Abaqus, Adina or Ansys... they are equally good, but some perform better on some stuff ( eigen analysis in Nastran is a headache... poor convergence )

Then I run the models I created in really *BIG* machines, for detailed non linear analysis.

I do the same with Flow dynamics analysis : Coarse ( +- 5000000 elements ) analysis in my laptop, and fine analysis in the Sparc station.

Then comes the last part... ( this can be run in the lappy also ) Dynamic stability control assessment ( sizing of controllers that wil yeld the fastest attainable response of the airframe without risking to saturate the effectors ) ... believe me... this is *NOT* trivial...

Multiphysics analysis ( Fluid Structural interaction ) is run in the Sparc also...

Away from work... I read *LOTS* of books of History and Technical books on Theoretical Physics, Advanced Calculus, Discrete analysis, C++, Cryptanalysis, all as PDF in Okular...

Am an addicted player of Wolfenstein, Age Of Empires 3, this kind of games...

Watch a lot of You Tube... and listen to Classical Music, Wagner, Mozart mainly...

My Lappy came with 4gigs RAM, but I soon expanded it to 8 gigs, and I am considering to buy a 1Tb Hdd...

CFD databases can really be *BIG*....


Old 01-15-2010, 11:33 PM   #5
Registered: Sep 2008
Location: Misawa AB, Japan
Distribution: Slackware
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My thanks to everyone who has voted. To everyone else, please take the time to vote, your votes help my research. Thanks!
Old 01-18-2010, 09:58 AM   #6
Registered: Jan 2006
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 188

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I like using Slackware on my Laptop. I hope that in future I can use it too. A good X environment is essential for that. I think KDE is good for that. Is the "top level" X environment of Slackware. I hope that slackware continues supporting it.

Old 01-20-2010, 01:28 PM   #7
Registered: Nov 2009
Location: Gothenburg, Sweden
Distribution: Slackware64
Posts: 414

Rep: Reputation: 190Reputation: 190
I'm running commercial 3D modeling and rendering software under Slackware on a laptop and I have very few problems despite the fact that Slackware is not an officially supported distribution of the programs in question.
Old 01-21-2010, 03:58 PM   #8
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Registered: Oct 2002
Location: scotland
Distribution: suse 11.2, clearOS 5.2
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I have slack 13 now installed on my dell latitude cpi 388 (pentium2)with 128 mb - this was upgraded from slack 11
unfortunately the upgrade messed up so i did a fresh install
out the window with kde4 though and back-graded to kde 3.5.10 , the 4 took 20 mins to load !!
also like the upgrade on the broadcom bc43** much easier to configure and starts up at boot time now rather than the old ndiswrapper, which some how always had to be re loaded, I see now it possible should have been blacklisted.

nice to see that the old laptop can still be used , I use it for work on site to store info re building work so all data gets transferred at the end of the day

point of intrest might be the number of distros I went through before settling on slackware - win98(pre installed) upgraded to xphome (couldnt handle having any extra software installed), xubuntu - no wireless, suse - disaster, puppylinux - to complicated, DSL- just an experiment !!, mandriva2007 - nice but ndiswrapper problems - upgraded to 2010 - turned it slower than xp, slackware 11.1 stable - everything working including the broadcom, finally slackware 13.0 with kde4 removed and kde3.5 installed - Runs sweet.

3 cheers for slackware 13.0
Old 01-21-2010, 07:36 PM   #9
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Registered: Jul 2008
Location: /dev/null
Posts: 1,173
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Let us know of the end result. ;-)
SLackware does everything well so I pretty much use it to do whatever I want like burning DVDs, music,videos, programming, gaming,etc.

Last edited by ~sHyLoCk~; 01-21-2010 at 07:37 PM.
Old 01-22-2010, 06:15 AM   #10
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Originally Posted by ~sHyLoCk~ View Post
Let us know of the end result. ;-)
SLackware does everything well so I pretty much use it to do whatever I want like burning DVDs, music,videos, programming, gaming,etc.
were u meaning me?

13 runs great on this old laptop only possible hitch is the power management, I installed with the huge.s but I have no indicator on battery.
tried this morning to use the hugesmp but got a panic, dam my lilo editing! at present trying out a kernel compile - gonna be hours, now i just found a script to shorten compile times so maybe I'll stop it and start again

nothing like having time on ones hands

Last edited by tearlach; 01-22-2010 at 06:21 AM.
Old 01-22-2010, 09:08 AM   #11
Registered: May 2009
Location: Malvern, UK
Distribution: Slackware 14.1
Posts: 240

Rep: Reputation: 32
I've slack on my desktop for over 12 months and couldnt find any boxes to check. Not sure what that means

oops no, i checked one box - i dont have a SSD!

Last edited by mutexe; 01-22-2010 at 09:27 AM.
Old 01-22-2010, 09:40 AM   #12
Registered: Jul 2007
Location: Belgium
Distribution: slackware64 13.1, slackware 13.1
Posts: 369

Rep: Reputation: 49
voters: 109
who don't have SSD: 79
who have SSD: 14

I wonder about the 16 other voters...
Old 02-13-2010, 01:14 PM   #13
Registered: Feb 2010
Location: Sweden
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 88
Blog Entries: 3

Rep: Reputation: 20
i use my netbook as a workstation slackware is stable as a rock and in xfce i rarely use more than 300 in ram of 2 gig my n270 atom behaves like a dual core under my 32 system,but even when running virtualization slackware never gives me trouble.
hibernation works too.
sinse im on a netbook i wouldnt expect it to be light,most older laptops have more juice.

Last edited by slackwaredanny; 02-13-2010 at 01:16 PM. Reason: spelling


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