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OSDir: Linux on Laptops: Red Hat Linux 9 Review

Jan 21, 2004, 20:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tyler Bancroft)

"In the past, I've had next to no success installing Linux on portable systems. In the past couple weeks, however, I decided to take another shot at it. I picked a bunch of Linux distributions to test, and here's the first report. I just want to say this before I start: One of the most useful tools you can get is PartitionMagic 8. It lets you resize and play with partitions, non-destructively, from within Windows. Most people will be coming from Windows, and it's nice to be able to work with partitions without losing data.

"There are things you need to do before you start. Of course, make an accurate list of your hardware. 'I have an ATI graphics card' isn't going to cut it. You have to determine whether your laptop supports APM or ACPI power management. Finally, you *must* know what your monitor's native resolution is. Before you start, disconnect all external mice and keyboards. If you're going to use a network, modem, or anything else PC card, stick it in. On to the first review..."

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