Gateway 2000 S5-120XL Laptop and Linux

Gateway 2000 S5-120XL Laptop and Linux

Post by Randy C. Paffenro » Fri, 09 Feb 1996 04:00:00

Good afternoon,

        I am currently in the market for a high end laptop on which
to do demos and I was wondering if anyone has tried running Linux
on any of the Gateway2000 Pentium laptops.  In the Linux Laptop
webpage there are references to some of the Gateway2000 486
laptops, but no mention of either the S5-120XL or the S5-90XL.
        I guess my main concern is with the graphics.  For example,
will XFree86 drive the higher resolution modes on the external
        Any hints, information, comments, pointers, or jokes
would be very helpful :-)

        Thanks a lot,

                Randy Paffenroth


Department of Mathematics and Institute for Physical Science and Technology
University of Maryland


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