Re: Budget Laptop for Linux?
> > About a year ago I picked up an IBM Thinkpad 560
> > (ultra portable, came out in '96) to experiment with
> > Linux on.
> > Because it did not have a builtin CDROM, I had to
> > learn a lot about Linux, to get started, but I ended up
> > getting everything to work on it.
> > My advice is to get a laptop with a builtin CDROM, and
> > your life will be a bit easier.
> I've installed debian on an old NEC Versa (486/75) and never
> found its lack of cdrom drive to be a detriment when I was
> installing. (I did a network install).
> If you need to install via cdrom (for whatever reason) then,
> obviously, a built in cdrom drive makes things easier.
A PCMCIA based cdrom also works fine - as long as your cardbus is
supported, the standard install process can invoke it. At least
it worked for me - I have an Addonics ATAPI CD.
Recently I went to the store looking for Addonics' CDRW because
I figured it might have similar form factor - but could only find
stuff that makes a big deal about its zoomed-video support.
I recall reading that this is not quite the same as normal cardbus
and can certainly fry an older bay, so I didn't buy it. You
might want to beware the same problem.
And if anyone knows more detail about zoomed-video with regards
to cardbus, enlighten me further :)
* Heather Stern * star@ many places...