Re: hp notebooks and linux
From: Nico Kadel-Garcia (nkadel_at_comcast.net)
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 2004 12:18:45 -0400
Jan Sevelsted wrote:
> Elijah Bailey wrote:
>> John Bailo <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>>> Elijah Bailey wrote:
>>>> I just called the hp notebooks to place an order for a new
>>>> 64-bit AMD machine that hp released and they told me that
>>>> its illegal to load linux on the machine because it'll void
>>>> the warranty. They told me to write an email to
>>> So don't buy their machine.
>>> You can get a clone laptop with no os for a lot cheaper and put
>>> whatever you want on it.
>>> Look at this site, which compares prices for popular PC hardware.
>>> There is a category for Laptop-No Os
>>> For example, here's an AMD 64-bit Mobile chip, with the OS as
>>> /optional/ :
>> They have something called the "ATI" card on their notebook,
>> which I've suffered once with, because ATI support wud not
>> support linux on their "cheap" cards. I wud never buy ATI
>> again. Was looking for Nvidia cards. HP has one. Does anyone
>> know if any other 64bit notebook has one?
> Wasn't it the other way around? As far as I remember, Nvidia earned
> the doubtful honour of joining the BlackSheep list due to their
> somewhat questionable support of Linux...
Depends on which chipset and which day of the week. Most Nvidia chipsets
work just fine now under XFree86 4.3 or better, but many of the most recent
ones don't have full feature support unless you install the Nvidia supplied
binaries. This is easy to do, but makes your kernel non-GPL compatible.
ATI, however, simpy had all their Linux drivers *SUCK* for years, despite
claims of compatibility and support for Linux: this was particularly the
case for the Dell Latitude series of laptops.
Make your choice on this basis: alleged support, or actually working.