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Laptop to run Linux on

Any recomendations?

     
12:35 pm on Sep 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

Thinking of buying a laptop. Need to run Linux on it.

Was looking at the Acer travelmate series but I've never had a Laptop and need some advice...

Thanks

Nick

2:09 pm on Sept 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Hi Nick

Linux should run on most any laptop. My only suggestion is to make sure that you have 256mg of ram minimum if you want to run kde or gnome.

It will run with a lot less (64mg) but it will be kludgy.

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Hi Nick
Once you know the Model # of the laptop and the linux distro you will be using. Spend time searching Google and Google/groups you will learn from others.
I just did a search for "Acer travelmate linux" and saw good and bad experiences.
3:44 pm on Sept 14, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Yes, I've also done that.

Currently I'm favouring the Dell Inspiron there seems to be a good deal of success and a few members of the RedHat list have backed this up...

Thanks guys

Nick

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>>Currently I'm favouring the Dell Inspiron<<

That's what I am running on.

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Yes, the overwhelming opinion on the RedHat list is favourable... Never thought I'd be happy withe the tax man ;)

Nick

9:09 pm on Sept 15, 2002 (gmt 0)

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Nick et. al.,

Laptop hardware is less and less a problem on Linux, but there are some very good resources out there for picking laptops and listing individual peoples' experience with installation on various models. The first one that comes to mind is [linux-laptop.net ].

I don't have any greatly useful personal experience to add, though. Debian runs great on my 1992 IBM ThinkPad (i486, 4mb, 160mb, 7.25in 8-bit greyscale screen), but you're presumably looking for a laptop choice with more processing power than a modern PDA ;)