Laptop Sucess Story
Posted May 21, 2003 19:13 UTC (Wed) by crouchet
Parent article: Where are the Linux laptops?
I set up my Dell Laptop to dual boot RH Linux/Windoze 2K over 2 years ago and it works great, except for 2 things.
I have an NVIDIA display and the included drivers simply do not work. I had to go to NVIDIA's site and get the .src.rpm, do a rebuild on it and then install that version. That process takes me maybe 15 minutes and I repeat it whenever I upgrade the kernel or X.
Second, the winmodem (3com) they include does not work. Big deal. I just plug in a spare PCMCIA modem which works fine.
My box is a Dell C810. I am currently running RH 7.3 though my next upgrade (real soon now) will be to Mandrake 9.1. I tried RH 8.X & 9.X on other machines and I don't really like a lot of the changes. Oddly enough, Mandrake Linux 9.1 seems a lot more like what I am use to with RH 7.3 than does RH's 9.0. Go figure.
Anyway, I have used this Laptop for development and general use for 2+ years now, both in Linux and W2K (Powerbuilder). I have not run into any notable problems other than that display issue. It works great with my dock too, though it is a small annoyance that when I go back and forth between docked and not docked I must wait during the boot and when kudzu detects a change in mouse (from the laptop's glide pad to the trackball attached to my dock or vice versa) I tell it to unconfigure the old mouse and configure the new one. It only take 20 seconds so it is not a big deal.
I am not interested in giving up either. They can have my laptop or my Linux when they pry it out of my cold, dead hands.
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