[clug] Linux/UNIX laptop?
pearl.louis at anu.edu.au
Sun Dec 26 18:33:28 GMT 2004
I have a feeling that my desktop is dying on me. I've been having that
feeling for a while now but I think that right now it might really be
starting to begin the final descent. So, a new computer. Since I will
probably be leaving Australia in the middle of next year for a couple of
years, I want a laptop. Unfortunately, I'm trying to write my thesis here so
I need a new computer as quickly as possible. Actually this is the reason
why I've been trying valiantly to ignore the dying signs. I was hoping my
box would last until at least until I've handed in my thesis...So, some
advice - what laptops have:
1) Good international warranties.
2) Good Linux support. And by this I mean works out of the box, not hunt down
a driver from internet and then spend hours trying to make it work. I've
done it before and don't want to repeat the experience. Not to mention I
don't have time right now for fiddling around with stuff.
I've been thinking of getting a Mac. I like the interface fine, but how well
do Macs run Linux programs? Besides the general desktop Linux stuff like
Gimp, how well does Mac OS X do as a science orientated UNIX laptop? For
example, does it have a free Fortran 90 compiler like the Intel one for PCs?
Will the Fortran 90 programs from Numerical Recipes for UNIX/Linux work on a
Thanks in advance for any help.
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