Re: Best "new" laptop
Sorry for that last post, I accidentally hit send. Here's the full version of
what I wanted to send:
>>>>> "Heather" == Heather <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
Heather> Anyways I have to agree that if you're buying from IBM - at least
Heather> at the moment - you're at least supporting a company that cares
Heather> somewhat about linux users' opinions.
You'd think so, eh? Remember, we're talking about IBM, where the left hand
doesn't know what the right hand is doing. ;-) (Anyone remember OS/2, and the
"support" it got from IBM's PC division?)
Heather> x 1280x1024 resolution ... I'll settle for 1024x768 if the screen is
Heather> 11" or smaller. Let's just say I use lots of screen space.
Don't forget to make it a TFT screen.
Heather> * video chipset that is -actually- supported by X 4. I'm
Heather> strongly interested in moving that direction, but since my current
Heather> systems work, I'm not terribly interested in half measures or
Heather> putting up with bleeding-edge vendor bull. Wish me luck. I think
Heather> this is my pickiest feature request.
All features of the chipset should be supported by X 4. If it's supported, but
doesn't accelerate, it might not be worth getting.
Heather> x Memory is more important than CPU, after all, I live on a 233
Heather> MMX for goodness' sake. Skipping stright to Crusoe is tempting
I agree. If you get too little memory you'll spend all your time in your swap
space, which can be very painful on a laptop since laptop HD's are typically
slower than desktop ones. Memory is probably one of the easiest things to
upgrade on a laptop, though.
Heather> * I prefer arrow keys in a T configuration.the ctrl key wider
Heather> enough than the Fn key that I can feel the difference before
Heather> hitting it, backslash above the Enter key/below the backspace, and
Heather> Esc at the furthest top left. This is the current case on my
Heather> desktop keyboard and the magio, and I'd rather not have to fight
Heather> with my own fingers.
And the ~/` key to the left of `1' (unlike Toshiba's layout). If you're an
emacs user, you may want to make sure you have a second set of Alt and Ctrl
keys on the right side, although it's not completely necessary since you can
just use xmodmap to change it (as long as there's a physical button there that
you can press).
Heather> Ignoring: - trackpoint/eraserhead vs glidepad. All mice suck, but
Heather> I only care that it is responsive enough I don't feel forced to
Heather> get an external.
If you do a lot of copy/paste with your mouse, you'll want to get a laptop that
has three mouse buttons (IBM), or one where you can hit both buttons with one
finger (Dell, Sony, probably others).
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