In my experience, most laptops these days are good to go. Especially if you buy a laptop which is not brand-spanking
new. If you get a model which is a few months old, you are more likely to have immediate success.
As an example, I'm using a HP G6000. a year ago, this caused problems because the wifi card is an Atheros AR5007EG and I
could only get it working by rebuilding the system in 32bit mode (the laptop has an AMD64 chip). that card is now
supported out-of-the-box in most distros so I'd have much less problems if I needed to reinstall today.
ps: /me dislikes "gnu/linux" - why not just "linux", or get a bit more political and make it something like
"gnu/gnome/linux/vim/compiz/opera". "gnu/linux" is /so/ yesterday
KUDA DUBE wrote:
> Hi All,
>> I'm looking for NEW laptop ... 100% GNU/Linux compatible (if such exist
> yet) for my wife. Not netbooks. If anyone has tested/reviewed recent
> laptops models, I would appreciate any hints from you on a model
> avalable in Dublin with hardware that is almost 100% GNU/Linux
> compatible - no driver problems. She uses HP Laserjet 4000, HP PSC 1413
> and HP Scanjet 3770 (possibly newer replacements of these - Ubuntu
> should handle these very well?).
>> My wife (with no previous/formal IT literacy) had a 1-year successful
> Linux (Ubuntu) orientation via a WinXP-Ubuntu dual boot setup on a
> ThinkPad T23. She now never boots into WinXP and her setup never had
> problems for the 1 year. Plan is to move her to 100% GNU/Linux on a NEW
> laptop without WinXP or WinVista.
>> She's an entry-level user (but learning fast) who simply types docs
> (college assignments and personal staff),reads/writes e-mail and browses
> the web (multimedia included). Other key requirements she demands are
> photo management (include importing photoes/videos from sony camera and
> handycam ), wifi, voip support, doc and image scanning, music and videos
> (include built webcam). She also uses USB flash memory for college.
> assignments. She also uses laptop to record audio (mainly speech) using
> Audacity and converts to MP3 and burns to CD. She's not good with
> photoes and videos but says she likes to start learning! She will be
> left alone with the laptop ... as I will be working abroad ... she says
> laptop will be a VoIP phone for calling me!
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