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Re: best labtop for debian

On 02/21/2011 04:05 PM, Celejar wrote:
On Mon, 21 Feb 2011 08:34:56 -0600
Ron Johnson<ron.l.johnson@cox.net>  wrote:

On 02/21/2011 08:21 AM, Celejar wrote:
On Sat, 19 Feb 2011 00:47:19 -0600
Ron Johnson<ron.l.johnson@cox.net>   wrote:

On 02/16/2011 04:51 PM, Celejar wrote:
On Wed, 16 Feb 2011 17:13:17 -0500
shawn wilson<ag4ve.us@gmail.com>    wrote:


whatever you get as long as the hardware isn't too strange. strange might be
a gsm modem, fingerprint reader, dual mode graphics, no name 802.11 card -
stuff like that.

Not sure what you mean by a 'no name 802.11 card' - they all use the
same handful of chipsets, some of which have better linux support, and
some worse.  Are 'no name' cards more likely to use one of the less
supported chipsets than brand name ones?

Yes.  And use dodgy materials and shoddy engineering.

The latter is indicated by common sense, but I'm not convinced of the
former.  Your basis?

The same as why "they" use shoddy engineering: shave a few pennies
here, a few pennies there, and you've got yourself a really cheap card.

Might work great, might not.

But the question is, are cards with poor linux support generally

Can't answer that.

          Why should that be?  The decision to support linux is
basically the decision to publish specs; once that's done, the
community will generally write a driver, even if the manufacturer
doesn't want to.

Unless there are FCC regulations, blah blah.

"The normal condition of mankind is tyranny and misery."
Milton Friedman

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