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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: Anonymous
    Date: Tuesday, 2002/05/28 – 08:21
    You may have a look at Storever (http://www.storever.com) if you live in the European Union. I had the same problem (I did not want to pay the license of a proprietary OS). So, I looked for the importer of Taiwanese notebooks in EU (99% notebooks are made in Taiwan actually by less than 10 companies) and set up the site.
    Hope it helps.
    Jean-Paul.
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    Subject: Re: Debian Preinstalled Notebooks?
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Saturday, 2002/05/04 – 22:24
    CedarVista Computers don’t sell notbooks with Linux installed, but they do have CTL notebooks with bare drives at good prices. I bought one of their desktop systems (available now with Linux, though not when I got mine) when I was in the U.S. recently. Over a year of use I had no troubles with it, but since they don’t build their own notebooks that doesn’t mean a whole lot. Check them out though, their prices and initial service are good. Later service I have no clue about since nothing broke, just the way I like it (:
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    Subject: Re: Debian Preinstalled Notebooks?
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Thursday, 2002/05/02 – 02:17
    It’s not Debian, but Lycoris is selling reconditioned notebooks with Lycoris Desktop/LX pre-installed. Probably not exactly bleeding-edge stuff, but certainly worth a look.
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    Subject: Re: Debian Preinstalled Notebooks?
    Author: Glanz
    Date: Wednesday, 2002/05/01 – 13:06
    Beware of preinstalled Linux on Notebooks. There are often unresolves configuration issues that are left to the user to figure out later…., like those horrible junk modems called winmodems. I have had much success installing Debian on iBooks for folks. So far I have done five -three of them without double booting for OS X, one with all : OS 9, OS X, and Debian, and one with two linux distros; Yellow dog and Debian. The iBook is a good machine. I never use Macs BTW, never have. But now I am thinking seriously of buying an iBook. Here are some useful links on this subject concerning installation. The last link is dead this morning because the Debian site seems dead., but it should work later in the day:
    http://www.xiph.org/~jack/ibook/
    http://www.xiph.org/~jack/ibook/instnotes.html
    http://people.debian.org/~branden/ibook.html
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    Subject: Re: Debian Preinstalled Notebooks?
    Author: noahm
    Date: Monday, 2002/04/29 – 04:03
    ASA Computers www.asacomputers.com sells Linux laptops, and if you poke around a bit on their site you’ll find that they seem willing to pre-install just about any OS you can image. *BSD, Slackware, Debian, whatever.

    I’ve dealt with them in the past, and found their service to be really quite good. I bought rackmount servers from them, though, not laptops.

    noah

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    Subject: Re: Debian Preinstalled Notebooks?
    Author: jaybob20
    Date: Friday, 2002/04/26 – 18:45
    I just got a iBook, and with the woody net install cd image it is running Debian. If you can install Debian it is no problem, but configuring X has been a little bit of a pain. I did try a few Redhat based distros (Mandrake and Yellow Dog) they X config fine, but they are Redhat based. I’m going to just grab a config from them and be set. I like the iBook because it is small, 5lbs, 3hour+ battery (says 5 hours), looks cool, and I got it for cheap (demo model). OS X is fun to play with too.
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    Subject: Re: Debian Preinstalled Notebooks?
    Author: robot101
    Date: Friday, 2002/04/26 – 23:12
    Sure sure, rub it in. I WANT AN IBOOK! =)
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    Subject: Re: Debian Preinstalled Notebooks?
    Author: undefined
    Date: Saturday, 2002/04/27 – 20:15
    no, no, no…

    I WANT A TIBOOK! 😉

    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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    Subject: Re: Debian Preinstalled Notebooks?
    Author: fizz
    Date: Friday, 2002/04/26 – 16:05
    Funny you should ask, I’ve been on a laptop kick for the past few days and this is what I’ve come up with.

    There use to be www.tuxtops.com which was purchased by QliTech. Also I was excited that I found a place that sells naked laptops! which means you can install whatever you want on it (you can choose to pay the MS tax through them if you like though), and that is ElitePC.com I have been unable to find any kind of review about their hardware or linux compatability on them. (except a crapy review of one of their desktop machines.)

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    Subject: Re: Debian Preinstalled Notebooks?
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Friday, 2002/04/26 – 19:03
    My laptop is from ASL… it’s just a ‘Chembook’ with their logo and Mandrake on it, which I reformated and put on Debian…
    I’m not big on ‘preinstalled’ operating systems: I like picking and choosing exactly what I want on a machine and don’t want to be surprised with packages I don’t know about, but I like that it came with Linux so that when it arrived I could see it worked with XFree86, I could save the config (just in case I messed up my own and didn’t want to fight any more… a carryover from XF86 3.x days, I guess :))
    And, no, I don’t work for ASL, I just buy lots of things from them. 🙂
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    Subject: Re: Debian Preinstalled Notebooks?
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Friday, 2002/04/26 – 16:14
    ElitePC does not seem to set well with their customers according to ResellerRatings.com.
    I found another place that sells naked notebooks. They have an awesome rating at ResellerRatings.
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    Subject: Re: Debian Preinstalled Notebooks?
    Author: undefined
    Date: Saturday, 2002/04/27 – 20:36
    a recent post on slashdot regarding laptops echoed what you said about powernotebooks, even regarding their resellerrating’s rating.

    the poster also mentioned mwave, their rating, and the ability to configure their laptops without windows (and the subsequent “tax”).

    i had previously heard and browsed powernotebooks, and heard about mwave (but in general, not in regards to their laptops), but am mainly just passing this information along without any personal experience.

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    Subject: Re: Debian Preinstalled Notebooks?
    Author: fizz
    Date: Friday, 2002/04/26 – 17:05
    Very nice, when I finaly have money to purchase a laptop (I hope soon), I will definatly remember them, thannks!
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