[Techtalk] Laptop recommendations?

Jeanne Langfeldt jeannelan at wwc.com
Sat Jan 26 15:24:22 EST 2002

I like HP laptops - great company - great products.

And  HP has the first female president who has given the opening address at
Comdex.  They are reputed to be a great company for women to work  for.

I had to settle for my second choice when I purchased my last laptop two
years ago - Toshiba - great hardware - and superior screens.

I want to buy an Apple Titanium now.  It has 128 bit CPU, lots of goodies,
and runs the new Apple OS X - which is BSD with some lovely user
interfaces...next on my list.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Aaron Mulder" <ammulder at alumni.princeton.edu>
To: <techtalk at linuxchix.org>
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2002 10:29 AM
Subject: Re: [Techtalk] Laptop recommendations?

> I use a Thinkpad T20, and I love it.  Great combination of weight
> (<5) and features.  The top 'o' the line models (now T22 or T23 or so)
> will set you back $3500+, but if you don't insist on 1200 MHz, it gets
> cheaper fast.  Still, it's definitely more than a Toshiba, but I love it
> to death, and I think it's worth every penny.
> You can get integrated ethernet for $100, and at the time I bought
> there was both an Intel and a 3Com option available.  I gather the Intal
> worked with Linux all along, but the 3Com was added to the kernel more
> recently (2.2.17 or so, and early 2.4.x I think).  I use it and the only
> thing you need to do to make it work is unload/reload the module in
> suspend/resume (using the APM scripts -- more info available).  New models
> also offer integrated wireless, but I don't know how that is with Linux (I
> use a D-Link PCMCIA wireless card).
> Sound works fine, the modem is a WinModem but I think you can get
> it to work with a Lucent binary driver (never tried myself), and video
> works fine (1024 on the LCD, 1280+ on external monitors; newer models go
> up to 1400x1050 on the LCD).  3D performance is nothing to write home
> about.  It has an eraser-mouse, and the best laptop keyboard I've ever
> laid hands on.
> 2k or XP will cost an extra $100 over 98/ME (at least last time I
> checked), but they used to offer at least 1 model with a Linux distro.  I
> don't see that option any more, but IIRC it was the same price as 2k, so
> the only thing it got you was a (closed-source) Linux DVD player.
> Hard drive looks like 15-48GB, and you can get CD-ROM, DVD-RAM,
> CD-RW, or combo CD-RW/DVD-ROM.
> Anyway, IMHO the biggest factors are keyboard, mouse, weight, and
> durability.
> Aaron
> Model stats at:
> On Wed, 23 Jan 2002, Raven, corporate courtesan wrote:
> > 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
> > avoid?
> >
> > Thanks in advance,
> > Raven
> >
> > "Unrated beta feh. You are alpha bitch queen.  I am alpha bitch
> >  Mwa ha ha."
> >   -- Jalen, on pack dynamics
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