Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 9th Sep 2006 16:28 UTC, submitted by michuk
Linux "Although most modern laptops nowadays tend to scare people off with an ugly 'Designed for Windows XP' mark, it does not mean that alternative operating systems, like GNU/Linux cannot be installed and function equally well. In this article I would like to describe a few common issues with Linux on laptops and maybe bust a few myths about using GNU/Linux on mobile computers."
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Currently it's only WinXP for me :(
by moondevil on Sat 9th Sep 2006 18:06 UTC
moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

I am the happy owner of a Fujistu Siemens laptop and even though I have Linux installed I hardly use it.

The reason is quite simple, I am yet to find a distribution that works out of the box with my laptop.

Current problems are screen resolution, sound card and WiFi.

I could try to solve this problems, after all I'm a Linux user since slackware 2.0. However nowadays I think my time is better spent elsewhere, not tweaking with configuration files.

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twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

I have SuSE Linux 10 on a Fujitsu Siemens and it works (almost) perfectly, including screen resolution, sound card, and acpi.

One or two of the buttons (for volume, etc.) don't work, but otoh I never used them and I didn't find out until a friend used my laptop. Fortunately there is a separate dedicated volume control on the headphone socket, and laptop speakers are funny haha anyway.

For wireless I just got a D-Link G650 (not 650+, as apparently that has issues.) (The inbuilt Broadcom is probably a lost cause.)

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

You're right, but I don't feel like buying extra hardware just to be able to run Linux without problems.

Specially since a few things I do on the laptop, symbian development/game related stuff, are only possible on Windows.

So if I already have to dual boot, carrying extra stuff around (WiFi card) just because of Linux, just doesn't cut it.

Maybe in a few more months I will be able to find a working distribution.

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