<div>Thanks, yeah, people seem to be "voting" for Thinkpads.</div>
<div>But, is it 8-year-old SON proof? :-)</div>
<div>Since besides RGB, IBM is the **other** 600-lb Gorilla of Linux Advocacy (installing on a wristwatch, booting 1k instances thru VMWare on a 390, etc), it saddens me that Thinkpads only come in a choice of M$ XP Home, M$ XP Pro, M$ Vista Home, etc. I thought that the deal of HD manufacturers being contractually obliged to install M$, on the grounds that every customer must be presumed to **intend** installing M$ but may be conspiring to subvert licensing, had gone away? Evidently not. You'd think if anyone could resist that it would be IBM.
<div>P.S. with all due respect to Torvalds, I wish I could type "Open Source Flavors of Unix" but it's just too long a sentence fragment. And I doubt "OSFU" will catch on. Maybe GnuFU could? My White-Eyebrow Style GnuFU defeats your Looming Borg Style!!
<div><span class="gmail_quote">On 4/16/07, <b class="gmail_sendername">Andrew M.A. Cater</b> <<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>> wrote:</span>
<blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="PADDING-LEFT: 1ex; MARGIN: 0px 0px 0px 0.8ex; BORDER-LEFT: #ccc 1px solid">On Mon, Apr 16, 2007 at 02:22:59PM -0400, Peter St. John wrote:<br>><br>> Be all that as it may, I"m wondering what laptop to get. There are two
<br>> issues: one, that it used to be scary to get all the device drivers for<br>> linux (maybe not anymore); and two, that one would prefer not to pay the tax<br>> associated with the disk manufacturer contracting to preinstall Vista etc.
<br>> Toshiba, which used to be a fair linux platform IIRC, promotes itself as the<br>> Premier Vista Notebook now (understandably).<br>><br>> I ran into <a href="http://www.linuxcertified.com/linux-laptop-lc2100.html">
http://www.linuxcertified.com/linux-laptop-lc2100.html</a> via a<br>> couple routes but of course it's a no-frills site, dunno what it wouuld be<br>> like to find/get accessories etc. Anyone want to pitch me their laptop
<br>> favorite?<br>><br><br>I had a long chat recently with one of the UK distributors (Linux<br>Emporium).<br><br>They stock Lenovo "own brand" and Thinkpad. They support and install<br>Ubuntu 6.06 LTS because they find the others change too radically and
<br>sometimes break on hardware changes as well. At least with the LTS<br>release, they can rely on manufacturer support.<br><br>Thinkpads are solid and have "geek cred": at one Linux show I was at,<br>the Debian stand had 6 Thinkpads of various vintages and a Sony Vaio.
<br><br>Certainly the bare-bones basic Thinkpad I have is 8 year old daughter<br>proof :)<br><br>Andy<br><br>> Thanks,<br>> Peter<br><br><br><br>_______________________________________________<br>Beowulf mailing list,
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