[SATLUG] Need Laptop Recommendations
siffland at nerdshack.com
Sat Jun 24 00:06:35 CDT 2006
I have an HP Compaq nc6000 and run gentoo linux on it (Pentium-m). I
have been very happy with it and will probably get another HP when it
comes time to upgrade. Battery lasts a long time, i have had it go for
a little over 4 hours when the power was out (throttling the CPU of
course) Some things to beware of with HP laptops and maybe a few other
companies are they don't accept 3rd party mini PCI cards that are not
approved by HP (which is not a problem cos i have a ipw2200 wireless
that came with it, but if i try to put my atheros mini PCI in the
computer wont boot and gives an error on non supported card). Toshiba's
are excellent quality laptops for the most part I use to work in a
laptop repair facility and they were the most reliable of any we leased
to companies, i have a portege 3110ct(p2 300MHZ, yes ancient, i don't
know how old but the sticker on the bottom for windows license is for
windows NT) also running gentoo and it just keeps going and going. So
I would most definitely look into both of those companies
On Fri, 23 Jun 2006 17:42:22 -0500 (CDT)
Borries Demeler <demeler at biochem.uthscsa.edu> wrote:
> 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 are better.
> > 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 recommended.
> > 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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