[SATLUG] Need Laptop Recommendations
demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu
Fri Jun 23 17:42:22 CDT 2006
Look, if you are not adverse to Linux, you shouldn't have a problem
with a 64-bit laptop - 64-bit Linux is perfectly supported. It will
run both 32-bit and 64-bit apps as long as you have the 32-bit libs
installed. I do it all the time on our opteron cluster. I don't know
about this Ferrari thing, but I can't imagine it would be any different.
Is it athlon/opteron based? For quicken and turbotax I use vmware. It is
definitely worth it. If you are on a budget just use the free vmware
player and ask someone for an image of your liking. I have purchased
about 8 Dell laptops for myself and my students and lab members in the
last 5 years. Dell has reliable support, but unfortunately I have to
use it all the time. I think the hardware is not as good as it gets,
and most of them had at least one problem. My last laptop is on it's
third mobo, (but already needs its 4th), the one before required 4 new screens,
one literally went up in smoke, plus we had a number of powersupplies go
bad, as well as CDROMs/DVDs, and so forth. I dunno, but maybe other brands
> I'm in the market for a new business laptop.. But, I'm not happy with what
> I see out there right now. I like the Ferrari 64 bit notebook that's
> dropped over 4-$500 dollars in past few months though. But, I'm hearing
> that 64 bit applications to run on them are not readily available.
> I'm looking for a light, durable, fast laptop. I'm kind of leaning towards
> Dell Latitude. I boot between XP and Fedora.
> I really don't want to install windows, but have to for a few applications
> (Quicken, TurboTax). Also, I don't know if Vista is out yet and even
> Another alternative would be to buy a Mac..but i am at beginner level.
> My timeline is between now and the middle of August.
> Suggestions appreciated.
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