Linux Laptop recommendation
Posted on 2004-09-13
After much debating, I have decided that my next machine needs to be a laptop, and I certainly don't want Windoze on it. While Solaris x86 might be interesting, I want to get into Linux more. I used to noodle with RH, but now I am interested in SUSE 9.1.
I also plan to get VMWare and use it to host other OSes, which is about the only way I'll be willing to load Windoze on it.
Obviously, it must have support for SUSE Linux - I need to be able to find drivers for its devices. It needs to have a built-in Ethernet NIC (10/100 preferred). I don't particularly care for IR/BlueTooth support unless I can disable it in BIOS (and have it *really* be disabled). I would prefer a CD R/W or a CD-DVD R/W (a CD R/W-DVD ROM is OK). USB support is a must. Decent battery life, not too heavy, and a screen at least 13.5" diagonal are also on the list.
So, I am looking for *specific* laptop recommendations, as in make and model and options. I'd like to gather some recommendations as to how much RAM would be good (I assume at least a gig), and how fast the CPU ought to be (I assume at least 1 GHz P4). Some HDD sizing recommendations would be good as well.
If I've omitted any important requirements, I'll be happy to supply them.