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PCQuest: Using Linux on notebooks

Nov 04, 2000, 13:34 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kishore Bhargava)

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"When it comes to installing and using Linux on notebooks, many people panic. But, really, it is not tough at all. I have installed Linux on several popular brands of notebooks, including IBM, Dell, Acer, Toshiba, and even on a large number of unbranded bargain notebooks. I'll not go as far as saying that installing Linux was no trouble at all, but, with minor tweaking, all notebooks are now happily running Linux. Several of them are dual boot as well."

"Many manufacturers give you the choice of getting Linux factory installed on your notebook, much in the same way, as they would preinstall Windows. The problem comes when you have rogue or proprietary hardware like sound cards and Windows modems. But the good news is that more and more hardware is becoming compatible with Linux."

"If you have the space on your notebook, I'd say, take a deep breath and go ahead and install Linux. But remember the golden rule of computing: have a full backup before you start. Also try and gather as much information about your hardware as possible before you start—what sound card you have, what IRQ it uses, etc."

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