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Re: [News] Putting Old Laptops Back to Life, Using GNU/Linux

Hadron Quark wrote:

> Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> __/ [ Hadron Quark ] on Wednesday 02 August 2006 11:57 \__
>>> Jim <james@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>>>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>>>> Reincarnating a discarded laptop with Linux
>>>>> ,----[ Quote ]
>>>>> | Open source software has matured. Linux is much better at
>>>>> | recognizing laptop hardware than it was just a few years ago.
>>>>> | Installation is easy. Hundreds of enthusiasts have posted their
>>>>> | experiences in installing laptop Linux on the web. My own success
>>>>> | shows you no longer need to bea Linux guru or PC support specialist
>>>>> | to get laptop Linux working.
>>>>> | 
>>>>> | The unstoppable movement towards free and open source software has
>>>>> | transformed Linux into an amazing platform. At no cost, you can take
>>>>> | an old laptop and make highly productive. What an exciting new era!
>>>>> `----
>>>>>                 http://www.desktoplinux.com/articles/AT6185716632.html
>>>> I can vouch for this. Linux on laptops has never been easier. Right now
>>>> it's easier (device wise) than installing MS-Windows, in most cases!
>>> This is blatantly NOT true.
>>> See linux laptops website for more stories.
>> "Out-of-date stories", you mean. Linux emerged a decade or so after its
>> competition, you know. Laptops have been around for many years.
> Dont be silly.
> Laptops are generally even engineered for windows. Laptop users tend to
> be the suit brigade - and they use windows. Sorry.
> I happen to be in the second hand market for an IBM Thinkpad of some
> sort and its great that Linux runs on low spec HW because I can get an
> old one cheap as chips : but I'm under no illusion about Linux &
> laptops. Sure its getting better but theres always loads of dodgy HW in
> laptops and a LOT of hardcore tinkering has to be done to load linux
> onto them. I know this as a fact.
> See the other thread : sleep mode doesnt even work on thinkpads in a lot
> of cases.

I don't do thinkpads mainly because I think they're butt-ugly. And spare
components cost a packet.
I have, to date, successfully installed Linux on the following models:

Dell: CPi, CPx, CPt 500, C400, L400, C640, C840, i4000, i4100, D510, 510m,
D520, D610, D620; 
Toshiba: 2170CDS, P20, A105, R15, 5100, M65, 4600, L10, P30, 2430, 2100CDT,
1640CDT, 400CS, 1620CDT, A60
HP/Compaq: Armada M700, M7400
Panasonic: Toughbook CF-M34
Fujitsu: Stylistic 3500
Acer: Ferrari 3400LMi, C202TCi

 - not an exhaustive list by any means, and in no particular order.
My favourites, oddly, are the Dells. For one thing, it's because batteries
for the Inspiron chassis are only Â50 a pop for the high-capacity jobs, and
I have what, four of the things? Eight batteries between them, I'm a happy
bunny 'cos it means I can go a week on the PII without ever plugging it
into the mains. Linux support rocks as well, I have SuSE 9.2 on all of them
and everything works (with the exception of the IR on the CPx)
When all else fails...
Use a hammer.


Some people are like Slinkies;
They serve no particular purpose,
But they bring a smile to your face
When you push them down the stairs.

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