[Techtalk] Laptop recommendations? (was: Random: MS problem, Linux solution...)

Phil Savoie p_savoie at sympatico.ca
Thu Jan 24 08:19:22 EST 2002

Hi Raven,

I have been using quite successfully for the past 2 years a Dell Inpiron 
7500 with a logitech cordless mouse (ps 2 type to disable the touchpad) and 
a linksys 56k/10/100/lan/modem card.  The card's modem is picked up no 
problem with RH/SuSE/Mandrake and the PCMCIA lan side is ne2000 compatible.



At 12:18 23/01/02 -0500, Raven, corporate courtesan wrote:
>Heya --
>Quoth James (Tue, Jan 22, 2002 at 09:15:47PM -0500):
> > It has one of those ridiculous touchpads (I use a USB mouse), which I
> > hate, as my hands always accidentally touch it while typing and I
> > delete half a page of work.
>         I hate those too, for the exact same reason.  And it's getting
>harder and harder to find laptops without them.  I greatly prefer a
>trackball, but those are almost impossible to find nowadays.  Even the
>little button-mice in the middle of the keyboard are better.
> > sudo cat /dev/psaux > /dev/null &
> > And it worked =)
>         Neat; I wouldn't have thought of that.  Thanks, James.  I'm more
>likely to get an external PS2 trackball, though, so I have to remember
>not to shoot myself in the foot.
>         In other news -- I will be getting a new laptop with my tax
>return this year, and putting Debian on it.  Does anyone have
>recommendations for laptops that they particularly like, or have worked
>particularly well with Linux?  I'm trying to do some research in
>advance.  I've had generally good luck in the past with Dells or with
>IBM ThinkPads, but I've only helped friends with their installs.  I've
>never gotten to keep the laptop, so I don't know what they're like to
>actually run.
>         A good network card is the most essential thing.  (90% of what
>I'll be doing with it is remote administration, network pen testing, and
>such.)  I don't much care about a nice graphics card (though it has to
>be able to run 1024x768 X) or super-quality sound card.  Playing MP3s
>would be good, but I can't even tell the difference between tape quality
>and CD quality, so I'm not an audio snob.  Lots of hard drive space so I
>can do forensics on the go would be nice, and lots of memory because I
>generally have ten million xterms open at any one time.
>         Any recommendations, horror stories, things to get, things to
>Thanks in advance,
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>  Mwa ha ha."
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