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Independent Online: Linux on your Laptop: Look Before You Leap

Dec 04, 2002, 01:00 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sven Appel)

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"Users who do their computing on the go should do some research before installing Linux on their laptop computers. Desktop PC users these days can set up Linux on their machines with no more than a few mouse clicks, and rightfully expect the software to run without problem. But the partnership between the cost-free operating system Linux and laptop computers is marked by a variety of niggling problems.

"Missing drivers are the main culprits. Driver incompatibilities are less catastrophic for a PC than for a laptop computer. Whereas swapping out a non-compatible graphics card is a fairly easy operation for desktop PC users, it can be a difficult and costly procedure for laptop users--if it is possible at all.

"So users should fully investigate all compatibilities before purchasing Linux. One way to do this is by using the information resources available online. Among the many sites that focus on installation of Linux on mobile end user devices are www.mobilix.org and www.linux-laptop.net..."

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