- Is anyone using a laptop purchased from Dell with Redhat already on
it? How are these working ? I would like to buy one, but I would
like to know more about their track record.
- On Tue, Jul 03, 2001 at 07:31:18PM -0000, wisecounselor@... wrote:
> Is anyone using a laptop purchased from Dell with Redhat already onI think it's not really worth it for several reasons:
> it? How are these working ? I would like to buy one, but I would
> like to know more about their track record.
1) Last I checked, their pre-packaged Linux laptops didn't have
the same availablility of options (i.e.: 15" UXGA screen) that their
Windows counterparts did
2) Also, last I checked, they were a bit more expensive (I don't
know if this is still true), which seems counter-intuitive to the whole
Linux being free thing. :)
3) Linux installs without any problems (assuming Mandrake8 or
RedHat7.1) on the Windows machines. There are a few issues with the
modem, and such - but these are minor issues (in fact, I think the modem
is the only real non-working device if you get the 3Com card).
3) Honestly, can Dell provide you better Linux support than us?
That being said... I think it IS worth it for a couple of reasons:
1) Getting *official* support is always a good thing. For
instance, if you install Linux on your own - Dell will not support you
unless you keep Windows around. However, if you get it pre-installed -
they will support you.
2) If you're a small business and getting several of these
machines, then having Dell support there is probably worth it.
I personally don't know anyone who's gotten a laptop pre-installed with
Linux (anyone out there on the mailing list done it?)..
hope that helps,
stephen lau :: [slau@...] :: www.whacked.net :: ucsd/cse grad student
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