[CentOS] Laptop for CentOS-5

Roger K. Wells ROGER.K.WELLS at saic.com
Thu Jan 7 20:44:31 UTC 2010


Roger K. Wells wrote:
> Eero Volotinen wrote:
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>> On 1/7/10 8:55 PM, Eero Volotinen wrote:
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>>> On 1/7/10 8:37 PM, James B. Byrne wrote:
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>>>> I have a defective HP-Compaq nx9420 and so I am looking to replace
>>>> it.  I have pretty much decided to buy no further MicroSoft based
>>>> products and would very much like to hear recommendations for a
>>>> suitable notebook host to provide me with Linux based alternative.
>>>>
>>>> Given that all the basic functionality required is provided, the
>>>> main thing that I am looking for is reliability of the host itself.
>>>> I do a deal of traveling so physical robustness is an issue.  But I
>>>> also use my notebook for hours at a time, generally every day. This
>>>> means that I am typically on a/c current rather than batteries and
>>>> that power regulation and heat dissipation are also concerns.  The
>>>> power regulator circuit is in fact what I believe has failed on the
>>>> nx9420.
>>>>
>>>> Not infrequently I have the notebook on my chest or lap while
>>>> working at home.  So the ventilation clearances provided by a flat
>>>> desk support are frequently absent and the notebook design must
>>>> accommodate this.
>>>>
>>>> I would like to use CentOs as this is what I am most familiar with.
>>>> But, I am open to CentOS alternatives like Ubuntu or even a
>>>> non-Linux alternative like a PowerMac with OS-X.
>>>>
>>>> I have already looked at the Dell site on the basis of a friends
>>>> recommendation. While Dell mentions Ubuntu is available for some of
>>>> their notebook computers they do not seem to provide any way to
>>>> actually configure a system with it.
>>>>
>>>> So, my desires are:
>>>>
>>>> WANT:
>>>>
>>>> Robust construction
>>>> Reliable quality
>>>> Reasonable weight (<   2.5 kg all in)
>>>> Supported sound and video reproduction of reasonable quality
>>>> 15-17" lcd screen
>>>> Out-of-the-box support for wireless networking
>>>> Battery life>   2.0 hrs.
>>>> Not MS-Windows
>>>>
>>>> PREFER:
>>>>
>>>> 64 bit
>>>> core duo 2
>>>> 2-4+ Gb RAM
>>>> 120+ Gb HDD
>>>> writable multi-mode DVD/CD drive
>>>> CentOS-5+
>>>>
>>>> Your system suggestions, both for hardware and OS, are most welcome.
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>>>>         
>>> How about Thinkpad W500 ? It is a bit expensive, but .. with UBuntu or
>>> OpenSUSE os.
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>> Also Dell (http://www.emperorlinux.com/mfgr/dell/rhino/)
>> E6500 / M6400 is good solution.
>>
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>> Eero
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> FWIW
> I am using CentOS 5.4 x86-64 on a Thinkpad X200 and 32 bit on a Thinkpad 
> A31.
> Until recently I was using CentOS 5.3/4 32bit on a Thinkpad x31.
> All have been/are very reliable and are used 8-10 hrs per day in software
> development.
> I too prefer this environment to Windows.
> roger wells
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perhaps I should have mentioned:

   1. Wireless works on all three
   2. Battery life on X200 exceeds 2 hours
   3. X200 is Intel core duo 2, 4 Gb RAM, 250Gb encrypted HD.
   4. X200 OS is 2.6.18-164.9.1.el5.centos.plus #1 SMP Wed Dec 16
      11:24:24 EST 2009 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
   5. X200 is new in August, A31, X31 are a few years old
   6. I use a LG USB DVD burner for X200 & X31 (X31 is now WXP again)

rkw
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