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How to Get the Most Out of Your Laptop with Linux

Jan 18, 2011, 21:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"You got a new laptop over the holiday, or want to spruce up your old one with Linux? Ready to take the plunge, but a bit hesitant? Despite the horror stories, migrating to Linux on a laptop can be easy. With a few tools and guidance, you can have Linux installed and running in no time.

"But how can this be done safely and easily, what with all of those nasty rumors surrounding the challenges Linux faces on the laptop? Wireless chips not working. Video cards not supported. Suspend/hibernation broken. I will admit it can sometimes be a challenge (depending upon your hardware). But it's rarely insurmountable. Let's dig in and see just how you can overcome these hurdles.

"What's the Problem?

"The reason Linux has had such a challenge with laptops is simple — most hardware vendors choose devices based on price, not how open the hardware is. The sad fact is, many chipset vendors tend not to release open source drivers or even the specifications so that kernel developers can create drivers for them."

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