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    Debian Preinstalled Notebooks?
    Submitted by Anonymous on Friday, April 26, 2002 – 00:01
    This may have been asked before but I couldn’t find it. Where would one go about purchasing a notebook with Debian (or any Linux for that matter, preferrably Debian though) preinstalled? I found EmperorLinux but the prices are a bit too high for my budget. Thanks.

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    Subject: Re: Debian Preinstalled Notebooks?
    Author: undefined
    Date: Saturday, 2002/04/27 – 20:15
    no, no, no…


    but with a starting price of $2300, that’s a little too pricey.

    an ibook can be had for much less, $1200, but you get much less. and i’ve heard that osx needs something a little bit more beefy than the g3’s installed in the ibooks to run well. (can anybody confirm/deny that?)

    if you say you (not “robot101”, but the general “you”) don’t care about osx as you’ll be running linux, then stick with an x86 laptop. apple laptops probably have better linux hardware support, because a lot of hardware is shared between the models (so if it works on one, it works on all, unlike dell, ibm, etc). but i’ve heard that ppc compatibility is sometimes the red-headed step-child of linux apps. as with all things, apple laptops have their +’s and -‘s.

    i got my ibm thinkpad 770x (300 mhz pentium2, 384 mb ram, 8 gb hd, 10/100 nic, 56k modem, 14″ lcd, 1024×768, 24x cdrom) for $400 reconditioned a year ago, and i’m very pleased with it as everything works (except midi which i haven’t even tried to get working) and fulfills my desktop/mobile needs. but maybe an ibook in a year or two if it includes a better processor by then.

    oops, just realized this may start an apple-pc, or ppc-x86 flame war. oh well. 😉

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    Subject: Re: Debian Preinstalled Notebooks?
    Author: jaybob20
    Date: Monday, 2002/04/29 – 20:43
    I think OS X on the iBook is fine. It could use a little bit more RAM (you can get 512Mb upgrade for ~200$US Cheap for laptop?)
    I’m still playing with linux on the iBook, the one button approach is not very useful if the systems was designed for 3, but there are ways to map keys to these other buttons. But I love the battery life, I was in OS X and doing websurfing got close 3 hours with an hours to spare.
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