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Old 02-24-2009, 12:34 AM
Justin
 
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Intel if you don't need advanced games, nvidia if you do. intel or atheros wireless.

Avoiding the MS tax is easier said than done. I don't much like the selection at dell and system76. My compaq CQ50 and CQ60 work perfectly though.


On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 8:30 PM, Alain Muls <alain.muls@telenet.be> wrote:

Hi



Shortly, I will buy a new portable. Since I do not want to pay the Microsoft

tax, I want to buy a portable that I almost compile myself. What components

are the best buy at the moment. I would like to have a graphics card that is

fully supported by KDE4.2 on Intrepid, so that desktop effects and OpenGL apps

can live together, something that does not work with my ATI X1400 card

presently.



bye/Alain





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Old 02-24-2009, 04:00 AM
"Mihamina Rakotomandimby (R12y)"
 
Default New portable

Alain Muls wrote:
> Hi
>
> Shortly, I will buy a new portable. Since I do not want to pay the Microsoft
> tax, I want to buy a portable that I almost compile myself. What components
> are the best buy at the moment.

http://linux.dell.com/desktops.shtml for example.
Asus eeePC also embed Linux and there is an Ubuntu eeePC flavour
Last:
http://www.linux-laptop.net/

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Old 02-25-2009, 11:45 PM
David Fox
 
Default New portable

On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 5:30 PM, Alain Muls <alain.muls@telenet.be> wrote:
> Hi
>
> Shortly, I will buy a new portable. Since I do not want to pay the Microsoft
> tax, I want to buy a portable that I almost compile myself. What components

Not sure if you can avoid the microsoft tax if you buy new, unless you
go to a certified linux laptop vendor. You may have to pay ewaste tax
fees, depending if you are in a locality that collects for that.

http://www.linuxcertified.com/linux-notebook-lc2430s.html

Seems OK at first glance - lots of room, you'd want the "optional"
802.11 (why isn't that included?) and it comes with an nvidia graphics
that is easy to enable in ubuntu. My Fujitsu (A1110) has a intel
mobile graphics card; that is not as easy to get working - or isn't
performing as well as I had hoped, in a variety of ways. I'm running
Jaunty on the laptop to see how well (or if) the driver for intel is
going to work on it. So far, it's an improvement over Intrepid.

Another thing to try (what I did) is buy a "like new" laptop off of
craigslist. You might not be able to transfer the warranty, which of
course is a loss, but you may avoid both the microsoft tax (free
Vista! *and* the applicable e-waste fee. I got my laptop in very
like new (it wasn't even installed) condition for $100 off the retail
price at Fry's.



> bye/Alain

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