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Linux Magazine: Linux on Your Laptop: Where to Start

Apr 04, 2000, 18:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jason Compton)

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"Well, it was only a matter of time. You've installed Linux on everything from your old 386 clunker to your great-aunt's PC, and now you're bored and need a new challenge. Or you're sick of being tethered to a desk when you use Linux. You yearn for penguin portability. The time has come for Linux on your laptop...."

"It's best not to be a trailblazer where your Linux laptop is concerned. We recommend buying a laptop that's been on the shelves for at least a few months. That way, developers will have had a chance to catch up with the latest technology, and the other, sturdier Linux kamikazes will have already struggled through the troublesome early stages and reported their successes."

"Not surprisingly, the most important chip changes between models tend to happen with the graphics controllers. They're getting more and more powerful -- some even incorporate audio functionality these days -- and that means that you need to give the GUI guys time to cope. Some latest-and-greatest video chips just don't cope well with the current set of X drivers. If all else fails, try using a VESA 2.0 default driver, which should at least get you a display, if not tremendous speed."

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