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InfoWorld: Trials and tribulations are to be expected when loading Linux on a Compaq laptop

Jul 02, 2000, 18:26 (11 Talkback[s])

"I got rid of my Toshiba notebook computer awhile back because I wasn't giving formal presentations very often. That's all I ever used it for. Most conferences have islands of publicly available computers for reading and responding to e-mail at a show. I use my handy Palm V for most everything else I need, so I don't take a notebook to a show anymore unless I have to give a presentation. You see, I hate notebook computers. I resent having to lug a seven-pound machine across the country."

"Unfortunately, I had to give a presentation on Linux-based Web-development tools at PC Expo this year, and it looks like I have a few more presentations scheduled in the next few months. So I gave in and bought another notebook. I picked up a Compaq Presario 1600 floor model. (Yes, I know you can get the cute, light Sony VAIO to run Linux, but the CD-ROM drive wasn't available locally, and I needed a laptop immediately.)"

"After spending two days getting Linux to run, all I can say is, "What was I thinking?" I know from experience that the most troublesome hardware for Linux comes from Compaq. Over the past few years, I have been able to install Linux quickly on just about any hardware -- from IBM laptops to bizarre no-name home-brew computers. But I've always had trouble getting Linux to run on a Compaq. Call it bad luck. Call it Compaq's fault. I don't know which, but it's the truth."

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