[linux-elitists] Laptop that doesn't suck?
Mon Jan 19 08:37:50 PST 2004
I haven't tried these people but they advertise in Linux Journal..
They sell laptops with linux pre-installed. Supposedly have everything setup (apm, wireless, modem, etc). They also come with 1year phone/email support. The laptops are IBM/Sony/Dell/Sharp.. They say they offer the latest distro's so you can pick what you want.
Maybe somebody has ordered from them before and can let us know how they are.
On Sun, Jan 18, 2004 at 05:00:36PM -0500, Adam Kessel wrote:
> So my laptop is accumulating a dangerously high number of physical
> maladies to the point where I think it might completely dissolve one of
> these days. I'm considering entering the market for a laptop again, and
> I'm wondering if anyone here has done research recently that might save
> some initial exploration.
> Three years ago, I decided to buy an HP OmniBook 500, mostly on the basis
> of a fairly robust GNU/Linux user community for the model, which has been
> quite helpful. Still, a great number of things have never worked well,
> or at all: the internal winmodem, 3D acceleration (spotty--can only get
> kernel modules to build with older kernels), xvideo acceleration (always
> need to use outside X drivers), power management, etc.. Not to mention
> that the thing is really falling into pieces.
> I'm wondering if the scene is any better these days. Is there anyone
> manufacturing laptops where you get full support out of the box with a
> stock vanilla kernel/mainline XFree86 for all the video stuff, internal
> modem, Ethernet, wireless, DVD-RW, USB 2.0, three button mouse, and ACPI?
> Better yet, is there a way to buy such a machine with no OS, memory, or
> hard drive?
> I've looked at a few sites like linuxcertified.com, but it appears that
> they're trying to sell a value-added service of pre-installed linux,
> which I don't care about at all. I'm looking for a barebones laptop
> where I can transfer my RAM and HD from my OB500 and not have to deal
> anymore with non-mainline kernel modules an X drivers.
> If there's a good resource already out there for this, please point me
> in that direction. linux-laptop.net has a pretty good comprehensive
> catalog of support on different laptop models, but there doesn't seem to
> be anyway to find out where you're going to find something where
> everything just *works*.
> Adam Kessel
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