[nSLUG] Lapotops

Jonathan Anderson jonathan.anderson at ieee.org
Wed Oct 3 10:10:52 ADT 2007

Also, I'd hold off on buying anything with ATI/AMD graphics until the next 
FGLRX driver comes out. ATI has been really, really painful in the past (and 
present), but the next edition of the driver is supposed to be the Be All And 
End All. If it is, I'd say giv'r with AMD.

If it isn't, you may want to look at Intel, where you can have proper 
open-source 3D support. Closed-source sucks, as some issues *never* get fixed 
(e.g. suspend/resume stopped working a few months ago with FGLRX, and I can't 
go back to the old driver because it only supported old kernels).


On October 3, 2007, Ian Bezanson wrote:
> I'm not sure that I'd agree with the statement "...stay back from the
> latest models...".  I've got a brand new Dell Latitude D630 that has the
> newest of everything.  As long as you are patient with your google
> searches, you should be able to get everything working on your system with
> minimal effort.
> The one thing that I will note is (specific to (K)Ubuntu) that you'll need
> to use the Alternate CDs when installing linux onto your new system.  I've
> got a SATA drive in my system, so the normal CDs caused issues, but
> installation w/the Alternate CDs went off fairly straightforward.
> Find the model you want to buy, pick a distro and spend some time on google
> to see the ins and outs of that model.  Chances are that someone else has
> come across any issues with that setup, and found out how to make the
> hardware function.
> I think that staying away from the latest top-end hardware is simply going
> to leave you with a laptop that you'll want to replace sooner.
> Just my two cents...

Jonathan Anderson

jonathan.anderson at ieee.org
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