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Old 08-26-2008, 03:26 PM
"Dave Cross"
 
Default Laptop Recommendations

I'm about to buy a new laptop. And I'd like to buy one that works well
with Fedora 9. My current thinking is to go with something from Dell,
because they support Ubuntu on some of their laptops - and if
something works with Ubuntu then there's a good chance that it can be
made to work with Fedora. I'm very tempted by their new Studio range,
but they don't (yet) sell them with Ubuntu on so I suspect there might
be dragons there.

But I thought I'd ask if anyone here had any other suggestions. I'm
looking for a light laptop with something like a 12" screen, a 2 Ghz
or more processor, 2 Gb of RAM, 300 Gb hard disk, wireless and
bluetooth. Working well with Fedora is my primary concern.

I'm hoping to spend about £800, but could go to £1,000 for the right machine.

Any suggestions? Or suggestions of better places to go for suggestions?

Cheers,

Dave...

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Old 08-26-2008, 04:09 PM
Dennis Kaptain
 
Default Laptop Recommendations

----- Mensaje original ----
De: Dave Cross <davorg@gmail.com>
Para: fedora-list@redhat.com
Enviado: martes, 26 de agosto, 2008 10:26:58
Asunto: Laptop Recommendations

I'm about to buy a new laptop. And I'd like to buy one that works well
with Fedora 9. My current thinking is to go with something from Dell,
because they support Ubuntu on some of their laptops - and if
something works with Ubuntu then there's a good chance that it can be
made to work with Fedora. I'm very tempted by their new Studio range,
but they don't (yet) sell them with Ubuntu on so I suspect there might
be dragons there.

But I thought I'd ask if anyone here had any other suggestions. I'm
looking for a light laptop with something like a 12" screen, a 2 Ghz
or more processor, 2 Gb of RAM, 300 Gb hard disk, wireless and
bluetooth. Working well with Fedora is my primary concern.

I'm hoping to spend about £800, but could go to £1,000 for the right machine.

Any suggestions? Or suggestions of better places to go for suggestions?

Cheers,

Dave...

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Dave,
I very recently purchased a HP Pavilion dv6875se from Best Buy in Dallas Texas, USA.
As I was shopping I was keeping Fedora compatibility in mind.
The two things I was most concerned about were video and wireless.
I had bad experiences in the past with an unsupported ATI video card as well as a truly evil broadcom wireless card.

As I was shopping, I made a list of components that could pose a problem. For example, I didn't expect any kind of trouble from DVD/CD drives, or SATA HDD's but Video, Wireless, and Sound were all on the list. As you consider a laptop, go over the suspect components one at a time and find out if there is support. In general anything by Intel will have good support.

The HP dv6875se has a Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG 802.11a/b/g card and a Nivida GeForce 8400M GS video card.
I don't use bluetooth and in fact I don't think it is even supported on this machine.

Remember, you can usually add/replace RAM and HDD after the purchase but not Video, Sound, Wireless, etc. So focus on that.

I hope this helps.

Dennis K


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