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Old 12-15-2008, 03:36 PM
"Stackpole, Chris"
Default laptop recomendations

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> From: Micha Feigin [mailto:michf@post.tau.ac.il]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 4:45 PM
> Subject: OT: laptop recomendations
> Hello,
> Sorry for being a bit off topic but it's time for a new laptop that
> run
> linux solely and I'm looking for recomendation on what has a good
> quallity (will travel), descent battery life, although more important
> good
> computing power and a good screen at 15.4" (needs to be workable with
> screen) at a price range of around 1500$ rough ballpark. Good service
is a
> must
> since it's a working laptop.
> I know that hp and compaq are a big no no (build quality is shaky at
> best). I
> also have the worst experience possible with Sony support on just
> every
> continent (haven't managed to run into worse). Lenovo 3000 series
> has a
> bad track run at our uni in terms of build quallity, no experience
> the
> ideapad pad heard that they are not much brighter.
> Currently the best candidates are the lenovo thinkpad series (either
> with
> the older and probed t61 or go with the t500 or similar), mac (not
> about
> the one button issue although the design is nice).
> Runner up is Dell, although the hardware seems a bit cheap when
looking at
> the
> drivers (especially the touchpad which tends to be alps which isn't up
> par
> with the synaptic).
> Toshiba local dealers didn't prove themselves with a friends laptop.
> Can't find anyone with experience with lg and fujitsu.
> Will be happy for feedback/experience/hardware trouble/Service
> in
> case of mulfunciton etc.
> Thanks

I have been /very/ happy with my laptop from Linux Certified [1]. I have
recommended them to others and as far as I know, they have been very
happy with them as well. I have a 2100 and I travel quite a bit with it
plus use it frequently at home.

The great thing about these laptops is that I have never really had a
problem with drivers in any of the Linux distros I have tried. In some
cases not all of the drivers are present at install, but they are
available for Linux. I had to track down a few drivers for Slackware,
but Ubuntu 8.10 required no extra drivers or configuration after

I am not 100% sure about the other models, but all the fancy compiz
features work really nicely on the 2100.

Just my 2 cents.

[1] http://www.linuxcertified.com/linux_laptops.html

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