[Seattle-SAGE] Linux laptop recommendations

Casey Paul Scott cps42 at yahoo.com
Mon Sep 26 21:12:38 PDT 2005


> I am looking for 
> recommendations for a laptop that will run Debian Linux.  It would be

> nice if sleep and suspend worked (not necessary though).  Needs 1 -
> 2GB 
> ram (vmware), 80GB or larger disk, and perferably a 14" 1280x1024
> screen 
> (not sure if 15" will fit in my bike bag).  Should be able to run for
> 3 
> - 4 hours on a battery. A serial port would also be nice.  This is a 
> desktop replacement type of machine.

I'm currently using a Dell D610, running a combination of Unstable and
Experimental Debian, per the instructions at
http://home.comcast.net/~canez/d610/ -- and most parts are working,
including 1400x1050 sxga resolution, Bluetooth, the IPW2200 wireless
card, and Suspend2 hibernation.

The ATA drives require booting with the 2.4 installer, and then
building your own 2.6 kernel, if you'd like to use 2.6. If you do run
Unstable, be wary of gcc 4.0. It gave me grief on the kernel build, so
I had to fall back to gcc 3.3.

There's an odd lockup that I haven't fully traced, but I suspect
relates to a i915 video driver and the Software2 suspend modules, but
it only shows up after several hours of inactivity. 

The other PITA is that the DualPoint Alps Synaptics trackpoint works --
sorta. The "eraser-pointer" will sometimes not detect if it's not the
first ps/2 object found. The trackpad does always work, and a USB mouse
will always plug in. If you don't like the eraser-pointer anyway, it
won't bother you at all. 

Personally, I'd love to try out the Dell Precision M70, with the usxga
graphics and better graphics card, but the company wouldn't spring for
the extra grand. Oh well.

-- Oh, the Experimental packages are necessary to run Enlightenment
DR17 packages from Shadoi (per http://www.soulmachine.net/wiki). I'm
sure normal folks don't want that, but it's awfully pretty. ;-)




Cheers~
Casey

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