[K12OSN] OT: best distro for laptop

Rob Owens robowens at myway.com
Fri Jan 14 11:07:17 UTC 2005

Guys, thanks again for all the laptop advice.  It gave me some courage to try some things, and I ended up getting it working last night.  I tried Mepis but ended up with Mandrake 10.1 mostly because I am familiar with it and I have to get the laptop back to my sister before she heads back to CA.  Plus, I can only download so many iso's in one day!

For the record, I had previously tried Mandrake 10.0 and I think that their GUI network tool messed something up (although I can't swear to it).  So I took the opportunity to upgrade to 10.1 and this time I avoided the GUI when configuring the wireless connection.  I learned a lot (and made a lot of good guesses) regarding ndiswrapper.

KDE (haven't tried Gnome yet) has a battery monitor right there on the toolbar.  It was put there w/o me asking for it, which was nice.  

David mentioned suspend-to-disk.  Any input on that from the group?  What other "laptop features" should I try to get working before handing it over to my sister?  I want to make sure it has all the features she'll want so she doesn't go back to windows, which is still on her hard drive.



 --- On Thu 01/13, David McAuliffe < k12ltsp at wondergibbon.com > wrote:
From: David McAuliffe [mailto: k12ltsp at wondergibbon.com]
To: k12osn at redhat.com, k12osn at redhat.com
Date: Thu, 13 Jan 2005 19:30:16 -0700
Subject: Re: [K12OSN] OT:  best distro for laptop

> I run SuSE Linux Pro 9.2 on my laptop, and everything works <br>> perfectly--wireless, video, sound, you name it.  Also easy to use.  <br>> My hardware is a Dell Latitude P4 1.7GHz.<br><br>Another vote for SuSE here. Running 9.2 on an old Gateway 5300 P3/800 <br>512MB. Was running Mandrake 9.x and 10, none of which could configure <br>the internal winmodem and all seemed to have a flakey approach to <br>handling pcmcia and wireless. 10 was a pig with a prism 2 chipset <br>wireless card.<br><br>SuSE configured the box without a single issue. Modem, internal <br>network, wireless, sound, X- it all works. The only thing I think I <br>have to sit down and play with is power management, but it runs for <br>about 4.5 hours and is never that far from a recharge...<br><br>Has anyone got suspend-to-disk and that sort of thing working on their <br>laptop yet?<br><br>Another one that picked up everything without blinking was Knoppix. I <br>am tempted to try a Knoppix HDD install with!
 an apt-get distribution <br>upgrade and see what we end up with. Some other day...<br><br>Ciao,<br><br>David.<br><br>---<br>David McAuliffe - wondergibbon.com<br>david at wondergibbon.com<br><br>_______________________________________________<br>K12OSN mailing list<br>K12OSN at redhat.com<br>https://www.redhat.com/mailman/listinfo/k12osn<br>For more info see <http://www.k12os.org><br>

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