Re: Friendliest Laptop??
On Mon, Mar 05, 2001 at 08:39:19PM -0800, Heather wrote:
> Vendors right off the top of my head: Ascentia (sp?), Imperial, Kachinatech
> (but the model they sell is far slower than you want), Dell if you twist their
> arm, ARM Computer. I'm sure there are a few more, maybe I'll bother to
> look at the hardware howto and narrow it down sometime.
Apple makes laptops that run debian-powerpc quite nicely, but are pretty
pricey :( Good battery life and no noisy power-sucking fans though.
Ascentia was a line of laptops made by AST. AST is out of business now.
Good thing, too, according to this tremendously pissed off customer:
I don't know if all AST laptops suck as much as this guy says they do, but
my AST Ascentia 810N is, um, ok. It has a nice trackball, not a little
mouse nipple in the middle of the keyboard, and it runs cool enough to be
called a laptop (even for people wearing shorts :). The biggest problem is
that I can't upgrade the RAM past 20MB :( I got it for only 300 $ last
year, so I'd say it's worth it.
Anyway, you [Yannick] might want to consider a used laptop unless you have
a good reason for needing an 800MHz Pentium III. You can get a pretty good
machine for a whole lot less than you'd pay for a new one. My next laptop
will probably be a powerpc or an AMD K6-2 (or some other K6-* processor).
If you ever need to seriously crunch anything, just ssh to a powerful
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