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Old 06-11-2008, 12:58 PM
"Thomas H. George"
 
Default OT: Laptop for College Bound Student?

The college is offering packages starting at $1,399 (Dell Latitude D630)
and $1,499 (Lenoveo ThinkPad T61) all with 2GB memory, 10/100/1000
Ethernet, Wireless, 1394 Port, Bluetooth, Vista 32Bit Business OS,
SmartCare/4in1 Media Card Reader and Microsoft Office 2007 Professional
pre-installed by certified technicians located on campus. Three year
warranty and 1GB Flash Drive thrown in.


Money is tight, of course. If I were the student and there is a
modest-priced laptop with Debian and OpenOffice I'd take it in a flash.
I'm not the student, I'm his 79 year old grandfather and I don't want
him to start off at a disadvantage. There are certainly many college
students and recent grads that subscribe to this list. I would value
your insights.


Tom


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Old 06-11-2008, 01:05 PM
Matthew Macdonald-Wallace
 
Default OT: Laptop for College Bound Student?

On Wed, 11 Jun 2008 08:58:53 -0400
"Thomas H. George" <lists@tomgeorge.info> wrote:

> Money is tight, of course. If I were the student and there is a
> modest-priced laptop with Debian and OpenOffice I'd take it in a
> flash. I'm not the student, I'm his 79 year old grandfather and I
> don't want him to start off at a disadvantage. There are certainly
> many college students and recent grads that subscribe to this list.
> I would value your insights

ASUS eeePC - They're cheap (around 220 here in the UK), run Linux (a
Debian derivative if I recall correctly and can have debian installed
onto them), and are incredibly good looking! ;o)

They can also be upgraded through hardware hacking and this is actively
encouraged by Asus.

Hope this is of some help,

Matt.

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Old 06-11-2008, 01:19 PM
Neil Watson
 
Default OT: Laptop for College Bound Student?

On Wed, Jun 11, 2008 at 02:05:22PM +0100, Matthew Macdonald-Wallace wrote:

ASUS eeePC - They're cheap (around 220 here in the UK), run Linux (a
Debian derivative if I recall correctly and can have debian installed
onto them), and are incredibly good looking! ;o)


The new 8.9" screen model has just come to the market. They look very
nice but do cost a little more. Beware that I've seen a report that
states that, with the out of the box Linux, they can be easily
compromised. There are now Linux distributions that can be installed on
these laptops and be fully functional and more secure.

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Old 06-11-2008, 01:23 PM
Ron Johnson
 
Default OT: Laptop for College Bound Student?

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On 06/11/08 07:58, Thomas H. George wrote:
> The college is offering packages starting at $1,399 (Dell Latitude D630)
> and $1,499 (Lenoveo ThinkPad T61) all with 2GB memory, 10/100/1000
> Ethernet, Wireless, 1394 Port, Bluetooth, Vista 32Bit Business OS,
> SmartCare/4in1 Media Card Reader and Microsoft Office 2007 Professional
> pre-installed by certified technicians located on campus. Three year
> warranty and 1GB Flash Drive thrown in.

Is it a requirement to have a *Windows* laptop? IOW, to "they" use
Windows-specific apps for taking tests, replacing the blackboard, etc?

> Money is tight, of course. If I were the student and there is a
> modest-priced laptop with Debian and OpenOffice I'd take it in a flash.
> I'm not the student, I'm his 79 year old grandfather and I don't want
> him to start off at a disadvantage. There are certainly many college
> students and recent grads that subscribe to this list. I would value
> your insights.

The contrarian in me would buy him a course in shorthand instead.
(I remember that the very act of hand-copying blackboard notes --
while thinking about which were the most important -- most
successfully burned information into my brain, and typing took too
much focus away from other tasks.)

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York is doomed."
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