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nyc...@my-deja.com

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Dec 14, 2000, 10:10:00 AM12/14/00
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Linux Portables Fans:
I am in the market for a new laptop on which I would like to dual boot
between NT 2000(try not to don't gasp) and Linux. My first question is
which laptop manufacturers would you recommend. It is my understanding
that IBM's laptops are well "supported" on Linux. My second question
is what are your opinions about the internal 10/100 NIC that comes with
IBM's laptops. Am I better off purchasing an external PCMCIA NIC(and
if so which one)?

Thanks-
Rodney


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DTi4565459

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Dec 14, 2000, 11:34:11 AM12/14/00
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>Linux Portables Fans:
>I am in the market for a new laptop on which I would like to dual boot
>between NT 2000(try not to don't gasp) and Linux. My first question is
>which laptop manufacturers would you recommend. It is my understanding
>that IBM's laptops are well "supported" on Linux

Prima Publishing has just put out a book by Bill Ball named LINUX FOR YOUR
LAPTOP. I have found it to be very helpful.
dave

http://www.columbia.edu/~mdt1/

(1 = one, not little L; and don't forget the trailing / )

I R A Darth Aggie

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Dec 14, 2000, 6:03:29 PM12/14/00
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On Thu, 14 Dec 2000 15:10:00 GMT,
nyc...@my-deja.com <nyc...@my-deja.com>, in
<91ans1$r31$1...@nnrp1.deja.com> wrote:

+ I am in the market for a new laptop on which I would like to dual boot
+ between NT 2000(try not to don't gasp) and Linux.

Win2k is MUCH better than NT could ever dream of. Dual booting is fairly
painless, too. There are sources on the 'net, or I can post more details.

+ My first question is which laptop manufacturers would you recommend.

I've had pretty good luck with Dell's (several Inspiron 3800's, an
Inspiron 5000 and an Inspiron 7500, but a friend has had _no_ luck
with his Inspiron 75K, go figure), but only so-so luck with Latitude
CSx.

All-in-all, the things to look out for are: video card, network card,
sound card, modem. Most built-in modems are winmodems, and are useless
(except for the lucent winmodems, which have linux drivers).

+ My second question is what are your opinions about the internal
+ 10/100 NIC that comes with IBM's laptops.

It _probably_ is, but I can't access the spec sheets on X series machines,
so I can't say with any certainty.

You probably want to look at
<url:http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/kharker/linux-laptop/>, tho.

+ Am I better off purchasing an external PCMCIA NIC(and if so which one)?

Maybe. I've got 3Com 3CCFE575CT-D cards that worked out-of-the-box with
a very up-to-date version of the PCMCIA software. I've also got a Psion
GoldCard 56K FaxModem card that seems to be recognized, tho I haven't
tested its functionality.

James
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billy ball

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Dec 15, 2000, 1:11:47 PM12/15/00
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On 14 Dec 2000 16:34:11 GMT, DTi4565459 <dti45...@aol.comjunkbloc>
wrote:

>>Linux Portables Fans:
>>I am in the market for a new laptop on which I would like to dual boot
>>between NT 2000(try not to don't gasp) and Linux. My first question is
>>which laptop manufacturers would you recommend. It is my understanding
>>that IBM's laptops are well "supported" on Linux
>
>Prima Publishing has just put out a book by Bill Ball named LINUX FOR YOUR
>LAPTOP. I have found it to be very helpful.
> dave

thanks! had fun with that one, but of course my efforts are nothing
compared to those programmers who get Linux working on our laptops!

Richard Bejtlich

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Dec 17, 2000, 7:33:15 PM12/17/00
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Hello,

I'm the happy owner of an IBM Thinkpad a20p. I bought it as a platform to
experiment with multiple operating systems. I have installed (separately so
far) Windows 98, Windows 2000, Solaris 8 x86, Red Hat 7.0, and Turbo Linux.
I tried installing FreeBSD 4.1.1 but the partition code conflict made the
hard drive unusable.

Network-wise, I have used an eBay-bought 3Com 3c589 NIC under Windows and
Red Hat, but had no luck with Solaris. I bought the IBM mini-PCI NIC and it
works under all OS' previously mentioned, including Solaris! I highly
recommend it.

X-Server-wise, I will probably buy the commercial product by www.xig.com,
since I have zero skills in the Xfree86 configuration department. Yes, the
Xig server worked under Solaris too.

Richard
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Alan Shutko

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Dec 17, 2000, 9:51:46 PM12/17/00
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"Richard Bejtlich" <bejtlich@alta_SPAMLESS_vista.net> writes:

> X-Server-wise, I will probably buy the commercial product by www.xig.com,
> since I have zero skills in the Xfree86 configuration department.

While the Xig server has some advantages over the XF86 one, you
shouldn't have any problem configuring it if you look at
http://www.zhlive.ch/zhl_contents_linux.html .

--
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Cameron Jay Erens

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Dec 21, 2000, 9:04:54 AM12/21/00
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I recently purchased a Compaq Presario1800T series notebook computer, and
EVERY SINGLE piece of hardware in it is compatible with both win2k and Linux
(I dual-boot as you would like to). The video card is fully supported (ATI
Mobility M-3), except for the 3D acceleration which I have yet to figure out
how to configure. It even runs at the full SXGA+ resolution, unlike it did
under Mandrake. My internal ethernet card and sound card are both
automatically detected by Redhat7, and my internal modem is a winmodem with
the Lucent chipset :-)
The little volume buttons on the case work just as well in Linux as they do
in Win2k. I can suspend correctly, although not hibernate. This notebook
does not have BIOS hibernating, as did my old VAIO. I have an Orinoco
Wavelan card made by lucent in my PCMCIA slot, which is automatically
detected (although I had to change some settings) works wonderfully. I EVEN
got the linux DVD player, OMS to work (www.linuxvideo.org), and I can now
play DVD movies at full frame rate and quality under Linux Even my USB
controller is automatically detected The only thing that is not completely
compatible is the 3D capabilites of my graphics card. That should be sorted
out soon enough, though.

Hope this helps!

-Cameron


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