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laptop recommendations, Phase II

On Tue, 2004-06-01 at 08:57, miah wrote:
> Also, the newer thinkpad's wireless NIC's don't play well with linux, though,
> maybe that's changed since I last checked.  I just remember spending
> far to long getting linux running on those things, what a pain.
> Looking now, I see 'madwifi' probably will work, but look at the doc
> that I had used, its definately not a 'plop in disk and install' type
> system:
> I had to do several of these installs for people at work, not
> something I enjoyed.

Yes, Wi-Fi drivers can be a pain.  But you can also pick up
Linux-friendly PCMCIA cards at:

and thats a relatively easy solution.  So I wouldn't let driver support
for a particular built-in Wi-Fi chipset be a show-stopper if you like
the laptop for other reasons (eg. screen, keyboard, ruggedness, ...).


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