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A very linux friendly series of laptops
eckythump 
1/8/08 12:56:30 AM
Overlord

A friend of mine got a new laptop today (an ASUS M50SV-AS082G) and was proudly telling me about all the whizbang features it has.

... and it did sound pretty cool, so I thought I'd look it up and see the actual specs, and then looked to see just how much luck you'd have making use of all the bells and whistles under linux.

http://gentoo-wiki.com/HARDWARE_Asus_M50SV

If I was in the market for a laptop, I'd be totally sold on one from this series.

Has anyone else ever had a laptop that was as fully featured and so close to fully-supported as this one is?

And for the non-gentoo users, you've got to admit, gentoo really ahve their shit together with that wiki, as you can look up lots of different laptop makes and models on there for a good, clear referene to hardware support, even if you plan on installing Ubuntu or something else.

I was impressed and thought it worth sharing.

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spielentwickler 
1/8/08 2:38:50 AM
Guru

I have a toshiba Satellite 2410

Although the nvidia drivers didn't work well with it, the official drivers for windows from nvidia wouldn't either. There's some issues with the data being sent from the monitor...

Apart from that, everything works in linux, except for the SD card slot, which I never used anyway...

Well, actually, the hotkeys stuff hasn't been working of late, to do with the acpi toshiba extensions. I started looking into it myself, but when I couldn't get in contact with the devs, and got busy with everything else, it kind of fell by the wayside...

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Redhatter 
2/8/08 11:00:51 PM
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Quote by eckythump
And for the non-gentoo users, you've got to admit, gentoo really ahve their shit together with that wiki, as you can look up lots of different laptop makes and models on there for a good, clear referene to hardware support, even if you plan on installing Ubuntu or something else.



Yeah... the thing worth noting is that the Gentoo Wiki is not an official Gentoo site, but rather a community set up by the users. Much like http://www.gentoo-portage.com/.

Until recently, I was using a Toshiba TE2100 laptop that performed very well under Linux. I have the same issues with the Nvidia driver, but the nouveau drivers seem to work well enough for my needs (I only need accelerated 2D).

I no longer use that laptop as the LCD panel has died. (Hardware issue... it's been going for a long time).

These days, I use a Toshiba Portégé 7010CT, which was the one I used prior to getting the TE2100. It's a PII 300MHz machine, and just about everything works. The only glitch is that modern kernels seem to have a hard time with the sound card (Yamaha OPL3-SAx), which I suspect is due to bitrot. Otherwise, everything performs as it should, and with FVWM it's relatively responsive too.

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[playerone] 
4/8/08 4:57:39 PM
Overlord

I use a Toshiba Tecra M5 and AFAIK -everything- works.

NVidia drivers work perfectly, as does the finger print scanner which is handy.


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eckythump 
6/8/08 6:53:35 PM
Overlord

Sounds like Toshiba laptops are worth looking into, too, should one want a linux laptop. Still very impressed with that Asus one. It also had a finger print scanner. That was one thingI really didn't expect to work under linux, but it did.

Redhatter: Point taken re wiki being a non-official site. Says something about the gentoo community, though. I've always found that wiki useful to lookup how to do things. I've found it more useful than the Ubuntu forums and other ubuntu related sites when doing things on ubuntu machines. :)

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Deserted 
16/8/08 10:20:26 PM
Champion

I'm currently running a Dell Precision M90 - 100% linux support, though I am using the closed Nvidia drivers - I still like my games time to time

doesn't really count being it was built that way, but also running an eeePC with eeeBuntu. and support there is perfect as well, it makes me wish all touchpads were multi-touch to :(

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TheSecret 
17/8/08 1:52:48 AM
Primarch
I used to have an Asus B1, which worked perfectly under linux. The only problem was the X driver for my S3 Savage, I was unable to watch a movie and had to use windows to do so. The fingerprint scanner and modem never worked, but all these things have been fixed now I believe.

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