[CentOS] Laptop for CentOS-5

Kwan Lowe kwan.lowe at gmail.com
Thu Jan 7 19:49:40 UTC 2010

On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 2:39 PM, Les Mikesell <lesmikesell at gmail.com> wrote:
> On 1/7/2010 1:14 PM, Robert Heller wrote:
>> Low-end (read: cheap) Dell laptops tend to be junk.  Dell is somewhat
>> between a rock and a hard place WRT selling computers with an O/S
>> *other* then MS-Windows, due to M$ OEM licensing.  Also, Dell (and other
>> makers) have had troubles with people chosing the *cheaper* Ubuntu
>> computers only to discover that MS-Windows software not working on them
>> and returning them as 'defective' (this is probably a mis-information
>> issue by the marketing people).
> I don't think the return issue is actually true:
> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/08/12/dell_reality_linux_windows_netbooks/

I'd agree though that the low-end Dells have quality issues. Though I
haven't returned any of the five or so Inspirons that I've purchased,
all of them have had issues that required in-warranty repair. These
range from physical sound issues, hinges popping open, unequal LCD
illumination, and DVD Reader failures. The two XPSs I own have been
rock solid, however.  The Inspirons run CentOS well though.

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