[CentOS] Laptop for CentOS-5

Robert Heller heller at deepsoft.com
Thu Jan 7 21:42:26 UTC 2010

At Thu, 7 Jan 2010 14:49:40 -0500 CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org> wrote:

> 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.

Just about all of the low-end Dell boxes (laptops or desktops) tend to
be low-quality boxes -- you gets what you pay for.  Higher end Dells
seem to be OK (eg 'Workstations', servers, etc.).  

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