[nSLUG] Lapotops

John Leidel john.leidel at gmail.com
Tue Oct 2 14:47:51 ADT 2007


If the laptop has an intel wireless chipset, i would go with OpenSuSe.
It has support out of the box for Intel wireless cards and such.  I also
supports most major ACPI chipsets as well.  

On Tue, 2007-10-02 at 14:13 -0300, William Lachance wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-02-10 at 13:41 -0300, Ian Campbell wrote:
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > On Tue, Oct 02, 2007 at 01:35:53PM -0300, crackers wrote:
> > > I have Ubuntu running on an ancient P3 Dell Latitude with no
> > issue... can't
> > > see yours being a problem...
> > 
> > Yes, but old hardware is (generally) better supported.
> > 
> > The sticking point will generally be the network card. I'm not sure if
> > there are still any major issues with wired cards now that the
> > Broadcom driver has been reverse engineered.
> > 
> > Wireless is much more of a problem. There are no drivers for the
> > latest Intel card, for example, although given Intel's track record I
> > assume that will change soon enough. There are no good drivers for a
> > lot of new Atheros chipsets as well, unless you feel like using SVN
> > drivers... or ndiswrapper.
> 
> I'd try to avoid ndiswrapper if at all possible. It's of dubious
> legality and quite a nightmare to set up for someone inexperienced with
> Linux. 
> 
> Sticking with supported and tested video and wireless is definitely a
> good plan, Intel's stuff is generally very good (I've been very happy
> with Ubuntu's support for my Dell D620, which has an Intel Pro/Wireless
> 3945ABG and Intel 945GM video).
> 
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