[Gllug] Question re Linux compatibility of certain laptops

Pearson, Jamie JPearson at mayerbrownrowe.com
Fri May 25 08:42:13 UTC 2007

Hi Guys, 

This is my first time writing a question to the group and it's a very
simple one (well, actually it's a set of simple ones). I have been told
by an IT shop that they cannot sell me a Thinkpad R60e for me to install
a Linux distribution on because the thinkpad does not have a dual core
processor, which is apparently required for a Linux distribution.

This does not mean very much to me, but I understood from what I had
researched that Thinkpads were highly linux-compatible. I'd be grateful
for anyone that could tell me whether they are right (I am not
interested in setting up a partition so that the laptop can run Windows
and Linux, I only want the Linux system on there). If they are right,
could anyone suggest a cheap but durable laptop that would be
Linux-compatible? Final question: I'd also be grateful for any thoughts
on whether you think that someone with no Linux experience could install
a basic distribution - say, Mandriva Powerpack or Ubuntu (not Debian or
Gentoo) - without getting into serious problems. I have no experience
but am trying to get up to speed with all the information on the web on
this, so read "inexperienced but enthusiastic novice"!

V grateful for any thoughts/pointers.



Jamie Pearson
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