[CentOS] Laptop for CentOS-5

Roger K. Wells ROGER.K.WELLS at saic.com
Thu Jan 7 19:21:02 UTC 2010

Eero Volotinen wrote:
> On 1/7/10 8:55 PM, Eero Volotinen wrote:
>> On 1/7/10 8:37 PM, James B. Byrne wrote:
>>> 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
>>> 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.
>> How about Thinkpad W500 ? It is a bit expensive, but .. with UBuntu or
>> OpenSUSE os.
> Also Dell (http://www.emperorlinux.com/mfgr/dell/rhino/)
> E6500 / M6400 is good solution.
> --
> Eero
I am using CentOS 5.4 x86-64 on a Thinkpad X200 and 32 bit on a Thinkpad 
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
I too prefer this environment to Windows.
roger wells

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