Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 4th Apr 2007 18:02 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems were once more very kind to send us one of their products for a review. Geeks sells cheap laptops --among others-- and so we asked for a low-cost laptop without an operating system in it for the purpose of this review. They sent us the IBM T23, (currently selling for just $299) and an extra 256 MB stick of RAM ($30). We tested the laptop with three different OSes, read on for more.
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To be honest, if the requirement was for sleep/hibernate to fully work, and for video (esp. 3D) to work as well as windows, I probably wouldn't run Linux on any of my laptops.

I agree. Especially with the sleep/hibernate part. One other thing that Linux often fails behind of Windows is WiFi, as we all know. OTOH, 3D works very well in Linux with Intel chipsets, which are popular in laptops.

I would even say that, although Linux IS ready for the desktop (IMO), it's not ready for laptops as long as these problems remain unresolved.

I must add though, that none of these problems are usually directly Linux's fault but the fault of manufacturers who refuse to publish specs or provide Linux drivers for their hardware.

Edited 2007-04-05 09:49

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