[clug] Selling a PC and getting a laptop
brettw at cray.com
Mon Mar 13 04:59:28 GMT 2006
On Mon, Mar 13, 2006 at 09:32:46AM +1100, Robert Edwards wrote:
> We run Linux (Debian, Ubuntu, some Fedora) on a number of Dell laptops
> and have rarely had any problems over the past 6 years or so.
I've been using a Dell 5150 (1600x1200, 3Ghz, 512M, 40G, OpenSuSE10)
for the past 3 years and I've been very happy with it.
There have been a few bad things:
The minipci wireless card cant do linux. I use a PCMCIA Cisco
card for wireless.
The ATI graphics in it has never run GL properly. Whenever I use
the ATI binary only drivers it gets unstable. I dont
use this machine for gaming so it doesn't matter.
Its very heavy. Really a desktop replacement and not too portable.
The Philips DVD drive is zone locked. (My home Pioneer DVD player
is open and the laptop I take all over the place is locked!!)
The onsite warranty is good though. I had the disk replaced and they were very
responsive. Next day replacement.
I just wish I wasn't forced to pay the MicroSoft tax.
Next time I think I'll be more picky about the graphics and wireless linux
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