Re: Notebook manufacturer recomendation
On Wed, 3 Feb 1999, Dave Swegen wrote:
> With a bit of luck I'll be starting work in a few weeks (crossing fingers
> til they pop off and fly accross the room), and I was told I'd be bought a
> notebook. So I was hoping I could get some pointers to which notebook
> manufacturers tend to allow for easy debian installation. I believe the
> companys semi-official provider is Compaq - any thoughts?
Just one data point for the Dell Inspiron 7000.
333 MHz, 8 GByte HD, beautiful 15' LCD
* No problems installing Debian in a dual boot configuration with
* PC-CARDBUS works well with 32 and 16 bit cards.
* Don't get internal modem as its a WinModem.
* Sound uses Maestro chip which is not currently supported.
* Uses ATI Rage Pro LT chip for video which is only partially
supported using a special patched Mach64 server and fbcon device
from the 2.2 kernel. Result is marginal. Xig has a commercial
X server which supposedly works well.
* No problem with mouse.
* Works with both 2.0 and 2.2 kernels.
* APM power management seems to work well except for the lid closing
switch. Battery life is excellent.
Overall I happy with the performance which is much better than most
laptops I've used. Its heavy though.