On Sun, 18 Jun 2006 08:14:19 -0600, ray staggered into the Black Sun and
>> I'm considering buying a laptop/notebook. Anyway, I want to buy a
>> new one so that it comes with an official Windaz
Say what? Refurbished laptops typically come with a licensed copy of
some sort of 'Doze installed. You get more for your $ when you buy
refurbished, and since refurbished laptops have been around for longer,
you have a much better chance of everything Just Working in Linux.
Quote:>> I don't want any dodgy shared memory like the Acers have.
Good idea. Shared video RAM = teh suck.
Quote:>> I would like something not too heavy/big, but robust. I would also
>> like if possible to have an extra HDD bay for expansion.
> I've had good luck in the past with IBMs.
AOL on the IBM thing. FWIW, all the IBM Thinkpads I've owned (380D,
600X, A22p, T42p) have been built very solidly. For the weight thing,
generally lower weight = fewer features + more $. There aren't many
laptops that have "an extra disk bay" that isn't in use, for obvious
reasons. Generally, if you want to put in another disk, you have to buy
a 2.5" IDE adapter from the manufacturer, put the 2.5" disk in that
adapter, remove the DVD-RW, and insert the adapter. This may not work
well at all for you, because having a CD-* device is often really
useful. Hot-swapping between disk and CD-* devices may or may not work;
that depends a lot on the exact make and model of laptop.
The thing I would do is get a list of 5 or 6 models that you think will
work, then go to http://tuxmobil.org/mylaptops.html and look for
installation reports on those models. If there aren't any, that's a bad
sign. If there are some, read them. Then pick the model that has the
fewest problems reported and can be bought refurbished. YMMV on that
though. HTH anyway,
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