Comsumer assistance...

Cyber Source peter at
Thu Nov 8 11:05:07 EST 2001

just a plug........If you need to use a NIC or modem on this laptop, look
for USB ports, should save a lot of hassle.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-nflug at [mailto:owner-nflug at]On Behalf Of
Wechter, Ron
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2001 10:46 AM
To: 'nflug at'
Subject: RE: Comsumer assistance...

I work with all kinds of laptops.

Toshiba laptops are pretty standard (The older ones at least) when it comes
to hardware and there is a specific website for support for linux.  One
caveat -- Good luck trying to get the PCMCIA chip to work properly -- Its
do-able but it took me a while.  Their newer laptops have Soft modems and
Soft network cards so dont plan on using those.

Compaq -- Stay away
HP -- Better than compaq but very proprietary

Dell - Again hardware is very standard and there is not much proprietary
hardware inside their systems -- One downfall they dont readily post their
system specs unless you email them.  They will then send you a PDF of EVERY
spec needed (This may change on their website -- hopefully).

If your looking for a new laptop try this site... or	-- These are generic custom
built laptops.  The 8500V works GREAT with linux -- one problem -- it weighs
10lbs BUT uses a FCPGA PIII and NOT a PII-M processor! WOOHOO (Also costs

Hope this helps a bit.


Ronald K. Wechter
NRD Buffalo Assistant Systems Administrator
NRD Buffalo Webmaster
Navy Recruiting Department Buffalo
(716) 551-4901

-----Original Message-----
From: scott [mailto:voodoo098 at]
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2001 9:38 AM
To: nflug at
Subject: Re: Comsumer assistance...

Richard Hubbard wrote:

>I am currently in the market for a laptop that needs to meet the following
>1. cheap
>2. reliable
>3. runs linux (see item 1)(x-window) quickly
>Because of item 3, my guess is that a pentium of the 233 class should be
>adequate (i saw that p75 doing great as long as there it was a text
>but as soon as the x-window system loaded, it died..)
>I'm currently looking at e-bay and I really need to know, are there any
>brands to avoid?  I have run linux on Dell's before, so I know those work.
>Also, as far as basic software is concerned, I'm probably going to be
>running StarOffice (This will be used for business, so I will need to
>interoperate with M$ Office, otherwise K Office looks great!)  The other
>question I have is ... Is there a QuickBooks Style Small business
>software package out there for Linux? (yes, If I am pushed, I can write
>but right now I'm lazy.  If I can't find one, then I know what my next
>project is!)
>Thanks for your help!
>Richard Hubbard
>CLP, CLI, A+, Net+, I-Net+, LCP, LCI
>phone : 716-553-5048
>Heisenberg may have slept here...
Dell has a auction site
I bought a desktop there and it came with a 10 month warranty. The cd
rom went bad after a  couple months and dell replaced it next day. I was
impressed with the customer service. Good luck.

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