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I new to the whole Linux enviroment, and I'm looking to purchase a new laptop to run Mandrake 9.0. Should I be concerned about hardware compatibility with this OS? Also, ...
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    New Laptop Concerns for Mandrake 9.0


    I new to the whole Linux enviroment, and I'm looking to purchase a new laptop to run Mandrake 9.0. Should I be concerned about hardware compatibility with this OS?

    Also, do any of you more experience ones have any suggestions as far as a particular laptop that you like? I'm looking to spend $1,100 to $1,700...


    Any advice, suggestions, and comments are welcome & appreciated.


    Tanks!

    FloppyRat

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    I run redhat 7.3 on a inspiron 8100 and gentoo 1.4 on an inspiron 8200. I didn't have any compatibility problems at all with hardware on both laptops.

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    Generally, you don't have to worry about hardware compatibility. There are, however, two main issues. First of all, if you use a broadband USB modem, don't count on it working. It could work, but don't count on it. Second, if the computer has a built-in modem that is a so called "WinModem", it could very well work, but the procedure of getting there can be a bit complicated, depending on your experience. You might not need to use a regular modem, though, right?

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    I'm running Mandrake 8.2 on an IBM Thinkpad iSeries laptop. You shouldn't have trouble with any of the Thinkpads. I suggest that you buy a laptop with a built-in floppy and NIC, it would have made my life a little easier. Floppy drives make it easier to boot in emergencies and a built in NIC tends to be cheaper and more reliable than buying a PCMCIA card, at least in my experience.

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