Posted May 18, 2003 1:59 UTC (Sun) by zonker
In reply to: Linux-compatible parts
Parent article: Where are the Linux laptops?
Taking a "test drive" with a Linux on a CD with a live file system is currently the best alternative, but this is hard to do, since a lot of sales people will think that you're trying to upload a virus onto one of their systems if they see you doing this. It doesn't really pay to ask permission, since the answer will usually be "no", or "let me ask my manager" following by "no" a few minutes later. If you live in a big city, the trick is to pick out 4 or 5 stores and move around a lot. :-)
This is irresponsible advice -- don't "move around a lot" and try to boot Linux from CD without talking to the sales folks. If they won't let you boot a Knoppix or other CD, then don't buy from that store. If you get caught booting Knoppix or whatnot without permission, you're likely to get yourself bounced out the door or worse.
I asked sales folks at Best Buy, Microcenter and CompUSA in Denver if I could boot Knoppix to test a laptop before I bought it when I was shopping for a laptop earlier this year -- not one person said "no" after I explained what Knoppix is and what it does.
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