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Re: what laptop to buy - suggestion for Debian project developers

Maybe it would simply be a waste of time, including an application to test for hardware compatibility, in Linux Live CD's, when computer manufacturers design their computers to prevent them running anything other than MS Windows.

I today went to a computer retailer, and attempted to boot an HP Compaq CQ61-412AX into Linux, using first a Debian 5 Live CD, then a Ubuntu 8.04 Live CD, both of which I have easily used on my HP Compaq NX5000, which has WinXP, Debian 5, and Ubuntu 8.04 installed, and with the ability to selectively boot into any one of them.

A staff member at the computer retailer, when I unsuccessfully simply tried to reboot unsuccessfully with each disk in the drive, at my request, reset (or, tried to reset) the BIOS, to boot from the DVD drive first, rather than the HDD.

However, the computer ignored the BIOS setting, and went straight to the HDD, to boot into MS Winows, with no other booting allowed.

Thus, it appears that HP/Compaq has turned against Linux, and now prohibits Linux from being run on its new computers.

Bret Busby
West Australia

"So once you do know what the question actually is,
 you'll know what the answer means."
- Deep Thought,
  Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
  "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
  A Trilogy In Four Parts",
  written by Douglas Adams,
  published by Pan Books, 1992


At list you can try it!
In my country you can't put live cd or usb in laptop in the shop and sellers don't know manufacturer of NIC for example.
But anyway Debian hardware testing CD would be nice idea.

Goran Dobosevic
Hrvatski: www.dobosevic.com
 English: www.dobosevic.com/en/
Registered Linux User #503414

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