[CentOS] OT: laptop recommendations for CentOS6

Sat Aug 17 08:40:32 UTC 2013
Johan Vermeulen <jvermeulen at cawdekempen.be>


over the past year, I bought a lot of laptops and I insist on running 
Centos on all of them.

* the best is Dell  dell-vostro3450, wich is 95 % compatible. The other 
5% being some fn function keys
    but I think it's not for sale any more.

* At the moment I use an Acer Aspire E1-571. That is 97 % compatible, 
because most fn keys work.
   And the Broadcom wireless card can easily be replaced.

* the worst are Asus X55-A and Dell Vostro 3460 that have Atheros 
network cards.

* I never tried Ati Radeon on Centos because of bad experience on 
Opensuse. But maybe it works
    Nvidia will sometimes require extra software for use with external 
monitor or beamer.
    So I agree on you with the intel graphics.

* The thing is, if you spend some 600 Euro's, you more often than not 
end up with in the best case
    some Broadcom cards that can be made to work given some effort.
    In worst case with Atheros cards that require some magic to make 
them work.

* imho if you buy a laptop that has Intel HD graphics, Intel network 
card and Intel wireless card, it will work
   out of the Centos box.
   but those are too expensive for me.

Greetings, J.

Op 16-08-13 18:06, carlopmart schreef:
> Hi all,
>    First of all, sorry for the OT. I need to buy a new laptop for my
> work. My prerequisites are:
> - RAM: 6/8 GiB (preferably 8 GiB)
> - Processor: Core i7
> - Disk: up to 500 GiB for SATA, 128 GiB for SSD.
> - Graphics card: Intel HD (I really hate to use Nvidia or ATI Radeon
> graphics cards).
>    The most important tasks will be:
>    - Surf the web :)
>    - Read email
>    - And the Most important task: I need to install complete virtual test
> labs on it using KVM, Xen and VMware suites to run several different
> types of OSes: RHEL, CentOS, OEL, Solaris-like, BSD, Windows 2012/2008
> R2, etc.
> Any suggestions?? My first choice will be Toshiba or Lenovo laptops and
> of course it needs to be 100% compatible with CentOS6 (or almost at 95%).
> Thanks.
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