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Hello, I have an Inspiron 5100 Dell notebook, using licensed win for the moment. Despite web sites that require ie6, only I think on switching over to Linux, but I ...
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    Hello,
    I have an Inspiron 5100 Dell notebook, using licensed win for the moment.
    Despite web sites that require ie6, only I think on switching over to Linux, but I have no idea which distribution is suitable for my hw. I thought of Red Hat 9. Or is Dell a win lover?
    Pls, may I get advice?
    Thank you very much.

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    Linux on Laptops: Dell

    I hear good things about Ubuntu's base install on laptops.

    To really get all your bases covered, you should make a list of your hardware and then check driver compatibility against the manufacturer's offerings. There's also alot of open source driver development for proprietary hardware (example = OSS )

    Dell (for the most part) uses ATI graphics, and ATI support is very patchy though, so if you're looking for 3D acceleration, best of luck.

    Anyway, with a little bit of work you should be able to get all of your stuff working no matter what distro you're using. It's all about drivers and what kernel you're using. (Use 2.6.)

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