[lug] linux laptop search

David L. Willson DLWillson at TheGeek.NU
Wed Sep 18 15:38:26 MDT 2013

On this here lappy (which I love, don't get me wrong), my video sucked, my wireless was a custom-compile and modprobe for the first several months, and my card-reader's still a no-go (after more than a year). And, resume is still ... dicey. Suspend works perfectly, though. :-) This was a Linux pre-install, but not MADE to run Linux, and the difference is ... significant. 

On the last one before this, everything was awesome. 

On the one before that, video sucked, and stability was horrible. 

Subjectively, the dozen or so that I've helped other people with in the last year have been problemmy in direct proportion to their new-ness. The older the better, in terms of "hardware just works". But, since I am a spoiled brat and I want a NEW one that just f'ing works AND I want to vote with my dollars, I'm only buying Linux-preinstalled from now on. My luck is just not good enough, and I'd rather pay a little extra to show my approval to the Linux-loving vendors. 

David L. Willson 
Teacher, Engineer, Evangelist 
RHCE+Satellite CCAH Network+ A+ Linux+ LPIC-1 UbuntuCP NovellCLA 
Mobile 720-333-LANS(5267) 

This is a good time for a r3VOLution. 

----- Original Message -----

> On Wed, Sep 18, 2013 at 2:55 PM, David L. Willson <
> DLWillson at thegeek.nu > wrote:

> > If I was me in your position, I'd be shopping for something with
> > Linux already on it. Late model Windows laptops almost always have
> > some hardware issues with Linux, in my experience. Yeah, you'll pay
> > a little more, but I know a school that needs a teacher, and would
> > be happy to help you make up the difference, in exchange for a
> > small
> > favor. :-)
> Really? What problems? I've run into very few in recent memory, and
> none of it was critical hardware. The only things I can think of
> were a card reader and a fingerprint reader. Even most wireless
> cards are supported any more. I haven't found anything yet that
> couldn't be worked around. I'm not saying it "never" happens
> anymore, but "almost always" seems to be overstating things quite a
> bit.

> QH
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