Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 4th Apr 2007 18:02 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Geeks.com 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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Eugenia
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2005-06-28

I keep updating Feisty daily. When Feisty is out in 15 days, send me an email and ask me if the bugs are still there. I mentioned this above. I bet that all bugs will still be there. That's what matters to me, because for me, the laptop is unusable with these suspend and graphics bugs. The savage bugs is sure to happen on all distros for example.

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fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

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. These are the kinds of issues I always assumed you had to live with if you wanted to walk on the Linux side.

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terog Member since:
2007-03-09

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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thebluesgnr Member since:
2005-11-14

I keep updating Feisty daily. When Feisty is out in 15 days, send me an email and ask me if the bugs are still there. I mentioned this above. I bet that all bugs will still be there.

I don't doubt that the bug will still be there in 15 days; it may not be until after it's released that they find a fix for it. (on an unrelated note, I'm very happy with 2.6.20-14. That version isn't being pulled yet, maybe you'll want to try to install it manually).

But keep in mind in 15 days you'll be comparing a freshly released version of Ubuntu with a 5 year-old version of Windows on a 4 year-old laptop.

If you have the time, maybe you should compare Feisty with Windows Vista on that laptop (it does meet the minimum requirements, doesn't it?). And if you can, try a more mature version of Ubuntu on it. From your comments, I get the impression that an older version of the kernel as well as Xorg 7.0 would be a better fit. You'll find all that on Ubuntu 6.06 LTS.

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