"After spending two days getting Linux to run, all I can say
is, what was I thinking? I know from experience that the most
troublesome hardware for Linux comes from Compaq. Over the
past several years, I have been able to install Linux quickly on
just about any hardware -- from IBM laptops to bizarre no-name
home-brew computers. But I've always had trouble getting Linux to
run on a Compaq. Call it bad luck. Call it Compaq's fault. I don't
know which, but it's the truth."
"The fact is that I must install Linux myself and go through the
trials detailed above. Therefore, the question is: would I still
run Linux on this laptop if I didn't work for Caldera Systems and
write for a Linux magazine?"
"The answer is: yes, I would. This model has a 500 MHz Pentium
III and 64 MB of RAM, yet it still can barely get out of its own
way when it's running Windows 98 SE. I shudder to think of what
running Microsoft Office 2000 would be like on this thing. Yet this
notebook performs extremely well running Linux, the Icewm window
manager, Applixware Office, the PostgreSQL database server, and the
Java-based Lutris Enhydra Web application-development tools. All at
Some of the products that appear on this site are from companies from which QuinStreet receives compensation. This compensation may impact how and where products appear on this site including, for example, the order in which they appear. QuinStreet does not include all companies or all types of products available in the marketplace.