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Jul 08, 2000, 11:33 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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 once."

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