[K12OSN] OT: best distro for laptop

Kevin Squire gentgeen at linuxmail.org
Thu Jan 13 14:25:17 UTC 2005

Dear Rob,

I know I have become very bias, but I would have to suggest a Debian
based system (and closer to Debian core the better <G> ).  I just grew
to dislike the RPM based ones.  

The thing I saw as Mandrake's strength was the newbie friendliness it
had (may still, but have not looked at it for a while) with the hardware
detection, eye-candy etc. But with the advent of Morphix, Mephis, Ubuntu
(sp), and others, I think this is disappearing.  I would personally
suggest Mephis or Ubuntu.  I already have a non-techie, Windows Convert
using Mephis, and I have not had to help her out at all after the
initial install/demo kind of thing. I like Ubuntu because of its
"closeness" to Debian.  Doing an apt-get update && apt-get upgrade
won't break the system.  I also just read an article at distrowatch(
http://distrowatch.com/review-kanotix ) that might be right up your

Good luck,

On Thu, 13 Jan 2005 06:04:15 -0500 (EST)
"Rob Owens" <robowens at myway.com> wrote:

> I'm asking this off-topic question because I trust the opinions of
> those on this list.  The laptop in question is my sister's.  It's
> currently dual-booting Windows XP and Mandrake 10.0, but the wireless
> config under Windows ate itself.  If I can get wireless working under
> Linux, that's what she'll use.  Mandrake is on there just because it's
> my default choice, but I'm open to anything.
> In particular I'm looking for good power management tools.  If the
> distro comes standard with them, great.  Or if somebody could
> recommend an add-on package that will work w/ Mandrake or something
> else, that would be great too.  I'd like perhaps to have an
> ever-present battery monitor.  What else is important?  (I don't own a
> laptop myself, so I don't really know what to ask for). 
> Thanks for the suggestions.
> -Rob
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