[SWLUG] Advice please: broadband + laptop

Gerald Davies gerald.davies at gmail.com
Mon May 15 11:21:50 UTC 2006

On 5/15/06, Mark Summerfield <mark at qtraining.eu> wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm planning to get broadband. At the moment I'm with BT but want to switch.
> Pipex seem to offer phone + broadband; does anyone have
> recommendations? (I think NTL are in my area--Pontardawe). I only want
> to use it with Linux (Debian, or Kubutu).

I'm with Pipex.  I wish i wasn't.

> Also I need to buy a laptop; I'll need to dual boot XP & Linux
> (defaulting to Linux).
> The Linux on Laptops site lists masses, but does anyone have recommendations?
> (I'm looking for 500 quid ~1200x800 screen 40GB+ disk 512MB RAM; need
> to be able to read/write CD/DVD, but don't care about multimedia--but
> do want big screen.)

Laptops: I quite like Dell laptops (bang for buck they're usually a
good/safe bet.  I have a Latitude D600 (i think the model is D610
now).  There's probably an inspiron equivalent of this for around that
price - Centrino type chipsets.  IIRC, latitude is the corp market and
inspiron is the home.

BTW, be aware that some of the ADSL modems they supply with ADSL can
be more trouble than they're worth with Linux/BSD.  I found it a lot
easier to just buy a ADSL modem/WIFI router and separate that function
of my home LAN.

Gerald Davies
w: http://www.geralddavies.com

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