Quote:> I've used IBM ThinkPads for a few years now as my Linux Laptop platform
> and have never had better performance. Dell systems just seem to be
> cheap and unreliable. Also, IBM support, when one of my ThinkPads went
> down (compared to Dells its a 1 to 10 [ratio] -and I have the stats of my
> helpdesk to prove it) IBM has it back to me and repaired in two days.
> Dell will send a tech out to look, assess, then possibly try a fix, and
> if that doesn't work, then well try a different fix. Not my idea of
> support thank you.
I've talked to a lot of Stinkpad owners over the years, and I never
met one who didn't have some trouble with their machine. Yes, IBM is
quick to fix and support their stuff, but I'd rather have it right,
right out of the box.
Mine's a Dell Inspiron 4000 with which I've had NO trouble. I've not
bothered with sound, it's got a Winmodem in it which is apparently
supported by the LT stuff, but I've a pc card modem that works well,
so haven't bothered with it either. 1024x768 8Mb ATI Rage Mobility.
This is an excellent machine. Dell is very easy about swapping out
unnecessary hardware too (I've a CD-RW instead of a useless DVD).
Dell's on-line support (the only type I've needed) is very helpful as
well, and they answer their emails promptly, in my experience.
What I liked the most about this thing when I got it was its design.
You can run it one spindle (hard drive) plus two batteries, and even
hang the floppy off the parallel port (which works in Linux). Or two
spindle (HD + CD-RW/DVD) and a battery, and still hang the floppy off
parallel. Or, finally, hard drive plus floppy (instead of CD/DVD).
Very nice machine. I'm very satisfied. FWIW.
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