In comp.os.linux.advocacy, Roy Schestowitz
on Tue, 23 May 2006 05:28:07 +0100
> Microsoft XP sucks for laptops
> ,----[ Quote ]
> | ONE OF the sad parts of Microsoft's near-total dominance of the PC world
> | - Mac and Linux people, save your gloating for later - is the stifling
> | of innovations.
This probably needs to be a bit more specific, although
I like the scenario of putting data into a USB-capable
key-sized storage device. (Flash memory has some
minor technical problems as it "wears out", presumably.)
However, there are many security issues with such devices
-- unless one wants to advocate a pat-down search every
time one leaves the building, or wants to add RFIDs to
every USB stick.
The good news: Gentoo doesn't poll for updates unless
asked; neither does Debian. I don't know about RedHat
Enterprise, SuSE, or other distros.
The bad news: I've yet to find a good open-source
laptop, though efforts are apparently continuing.
http://www.tuxmobil.org (wasn't Mobil an oil
company?) appears to have a reasonably good guide therein.
An HP Pavilion dv8000z will set one back at least $1400 or
so, and apparently most of the bits work with my favorite
Gentoo distribution. A little pricey for my blood but
not too bad.
Windows Vista. Because it's time to refresh your hardware. Trust us.