[ILUG] Buying a laptop
James McBoyle - Sun Ireland - Solaris SW - Development Engineer
James.McBoyle at Sun.COM
Tue May 29 18:22:23 IST 2001
> Can I pick your collective brains on laptops, Linux and Dell?
> Question 1: They're all (broadly) Linux compatible, yes?
Probably, though there'll be one or two gotchas you may have to work on :-)
> Question 2: WTF is a Xircom Combo Type III RBEM and its friends?
> Alternatively, if I want a modem and cheap network
> connector that work under Linux, what should I order?
No idea, but I'm happy with my Xircom XE2000 pcmcia nic, which only needed a
newer version of the pcmcia stuff to get working
> Question 3: Is installing Linux alongside WinMe any trickier than
> alongside Win95?
Yes... but only because WinME comes as a 'recovery' disk not a proper os
install disk... basically, when I wanted to put linux on my vaio I had to
choose one of the four preset partitioning schemes WinME allowed, shove WinME
onto the laptop then install linux in the space left (luckily one layout was
2GB 'c' drive and 4GB 'd' drive) apart from this 'little' gotcha, and the fact
this means once you've installed linux you can't re-install WinME without
wiping your linux install, it's no different to any other dual boot
> Question 4: Should I be considering Inspiron, Lattitude, other
Ahh, well... that depends on the deal you can get... the only reason I have a vaio is it was the best deal (533cpu and 64MB ram, all others at the same price point were 32meg boxes) and also what systems you can find on the linux laptop site... http://www.linux-laptop.net Don't be afraid to right your own 'here's how I installed linux on X laptop' page for the site, it's a fun learning experience :-)
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