From: Damien Morton (Morton@dennisinter.com)
Date: Wed Sep 20 2000 - 12:25:01 PDT
Personally, the 505 series Vaio appeal to me most. I have one of the older
700 series models, and they were a bit fragile. Looking at the 505 series in
stores, I havent spotted any glaring failings.
As for linux, I was considering installing it on my 700 series. This was
about a year ago. Supposedly there wasnt linux support for the NeoMagic
graphics chipset. Thats probably changed by now.
You might want to check out www.jpd.com
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Lisa Dusseault [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, September 20, 2000 3:13 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: laptop recommendations...
> I remember a conversation long ago on fork about laptop
> recommendations, but
> when I searched the archives, I didn't come up with the
> information I'm
> specifically looking for: in "light" or "ultralight" or
> "superslim" laptops,
> how well does Linux really work? All the web-pages about
> linux on various
> laptops are hopeful (as so many linux sites are) and often
> helpful, but
> there's very little of the negative information I'm watching
> out for (e.g.
> nobody comes out and says "X does not work on Y".
> I'm looking for a laptop to dual-boot linux and W2K. I MUST
> have 5 lbs. or
> less, but on the other hand 800x600 just doesn't cut it. I'm
> thinking about some of the 3-4 pounders even if the CD drive
> is external --
> I can handle that. On my list so far:
> Sony Vaio Superslim Z505JSK (3.75 lb)
> IBM Thinkpad 600 (5 lb), 570 (4 lb), T series (4.7 lb), or
> newly-announced X
> series (3.1 lb)
> Compaq Presario 1700 or 1900 (5 lb)
> Gateway Solo 5300 (5 lb) or 3350 (3.65 lb)
> Toshiba Portege 7200CT (4.4 lb)
> Dell Latitude CS (4.3 lb)
> Any recommendations or especially warnings? IBM made some
> nice noises about
> Linux support (and the X series is really, really cool!) and
> they even have
> a web-page with Redhat 6.2 install instructions, but that
> doesn't mean all
> their various devices have Linux drivers available yet. I'm
> also leaning
> toward vaio because of many friends' recommendations and neat
> little design
> improvements, such as their angled built-in modem slots.
> I'd be happy to post my final choice and linux install experience...
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