[CALUG] Linux Friendly Laptops
James Ewing Cottrell 3rd
JECottrell3 at Comcast.NET
Wed Nov 1 18:43:54 CST 2006
Anything that says Intel Centrino Mobile has an IPW2200 in it, as does
the IBM ThinkPad T42, which I used at my last job. And altho Broadcom
cards have been tradionally unsupported, people have recently written one.
I would burn a copy of Knoppix, and boot that in anything you are
As mentioned by others, (K)Ubuntu or SuSE tend to have better wireless
support than most.
Several distributions have a "rescue" mode, and some of them will offer
to start the network interfaces. If you can get an address via DHCP then
you can load a working system.
Finally, if you want to cheat, you can do what I do with my desktop
systems at home. I buy "gaming routers", which have an ethernet and a
wireless card in them. A bit unwieldy for a laptop, but it gets you
Eric Gosnell wrote:
>I am saving up to buy a laptop. I want to use Linux as my primary OS. (I will
>dual boot so I can still have Windows based games, Visual Studio, etc.) Are
>some laptop manufacturers better at providing Linux drivers for their hardware?
> What do you recommend? Second, are some distributions better for laptop
>support than others?
>(I am only slightly better than a novice at Linux administration. I am a
>developer and I use it frequently at work. This is my attempt to force myself
>to become more adept at it.)
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