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BitYard: Portable Linux Workstation: Compaq Presario 1510US

Oct 17, 2002, 04:00 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Chris Koresko)

[ Thanks to Ronny Ko for this link. ]

"I'm writing this on my new Compaq Presario 1510US portable Linux workstation. It took a while to get it going, and there are still significant limitations with it, but if you're looking for a lot of computer in a modest-sized package, this model may be worth a look. Here's the low-down:

"What makes this machine attractive can be summed up in two words: Power, and Portability. The Presario specs out like a pretty decent desktop box: 2.2 GHz P4 processor with 512 KB of on-chip cache, half a gig of DDR memory, 40 gigs of disk, USB 2.0, FireWire, ATI Radeon graphic chip with 32 MB of its own DDR memory driving a 15-inch LCD screen with 1400x1050 resolution, a big comfortable keyboard, and JBL speakers. As for portability, the machine weighs in at 7.7 pounds (plus another pound or so for the power brick) and slips easily into the laptop compartment of my Spire Zoom backpack...

"And the hardware support under Linux is pretty complete: Everything, including the MiniPCI winmodem and the little scroll button below the touchpad, is working..."

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