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Re: best laptops for debian linux

According to Johann Spies,
> On Fri, Sep 12, 2003 at 11:19:22AM +0200, Magnus von Koeller wrote:
> > well the one basic rule I've set up for my next purchase is this one: 
> > Do NOT buy from Dell. Dell does not support Linux and actually does 
> > everything to make it as difficult as possible to use. They mess with 
> > the BIOS in non-standard ways so that not even the official Windows 
> > drivers work anymore (only the drivers from Dell still work).
> > 
> That is interesting.  Our management recently decided to buy Dell
> servers.  We tested installation of different operating systems on
> IBM, HP and Dell servers and the Dell-server was the easiest to install
> Linux on.  As a Linux system administrator, I tried both Redhat and
> Debian (using the bonzai-image) and did not have any installation
> problems.

Well, servers and laptops are decidedly different animals.
Dell trumpets their Linux support at LWE but it soon became
clear that they meant servers, and servers only. 

When looking for a laptop recently I found /none/ that
supported Linux except for a couple small re-branding firms.
Perhaps it's that my requirements (SXGA+ or better screen) put 
me in the range dominated by Dell and Sony, both of whom
seem to have the attitude that if you aren't running Windows, 
any problems are clearly your fault.  

If I ever need to take it in for service, I will put in an
old hard drive that still has XP on it to make sure they
don't have an excuse to deny me service.

I'd stay take a look at tuxtops.org- they have a lot of
details about features supported and not on many laptop

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