[MVLUG] Dell and ATI OH NOE!

Jonathan A. Lindsey jlindsey at 3drc.com
Thu May 31 13:05:04 MDT 2007

Unfortunately IBM's notebook section is now owned by Lenovo.  They are 
in china, and where I work it would not be a good thing.  China is still 
the enemy you know.

Samat Jain wrote:
> On Tuesday 29 May 2007 07:15:36 am Jonathan A. Lindsey wrote:
>> So I'm trying to decide on which laptop I should get to replace the one 
>> I just sold.  The one I've been thinking about is a DELL 6400.  
>> Unfortunately they changed the video card in this one just recently and 
>> I can no longer get the nvidia chipset video card, it's the ati x1400.  
>> I am wondering if anyone has a better suggestion for a laptop.  I know 
>> that Shaun has this laptop and had problems getting the video card to 
>> work.  I found some information that may help him I'd like to hear his 
>> thoughts.
>> http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/ATI_Mobility_Radeon_X1400
>> if you wanna test those x settings out, if the proprietary driver does 
>> work, then maybe it's not such a bad idea after all.  On the other hand 
>> I could get a macbook, the 13incher but I'm not so sure I want such a 
>> small screen for the same price I could buy a 15 inch screen.
> My IBM ThinkPad T42p works *great* with Ubuntu GNU/Linux--I've got Beryl 
> support with the open-source radeon driver, working suspend and resume 
> (suspends are slower than I'd like, but resumes are < 2s), and reasonably 
> good wireless support via madwifi and the IBM-branded WiFi adapters.
> I'm not sure how well the newer ThinkPads work, but I'm going to assume it's 
> similar... The newly-released ThinkPad T61 series offer NVIDIA discrete 
> graphics, but supposedly the Intel X3100 integrated graphics work pretty well 
> with the available open-source drivers as long as you aren't doing hardcore 
> gaming.
> I don't know how well Linux runs on MacBooks, but last year I was working with 
> Chris Blizzard of Redhat and he did not like his MacBook much--there were 
> many hardware bugs and little nuances, and it did not work well with Fedora. 
> The situation may have since improved.

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