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  1. Last Friday I ordered a new laptop for myself, which just arrived today. This is the third laptop and seventh computer I currently own, so it wasn't quite like I needed it, but I bought this one to actually replace my previous laptop. The last one, an Alienware Area 51-M, turned out to be too heavy and bulky for everyday use (it weighed about 10-12 lbs, not including the 6 lb power block); after using it for about two years now, I was tired of lugging it around.

    When I went looking for a new laptop, I went about it differently than I did last time. I rarely play games these days, and most of my time is spent either programming, doing Linux administration stuff, or browsing the web, so a laptop with a hefty video card wasn't a necessity. I was also looking for one that I knew could run Linux, a problem my Alienware had. When I had tried to install Slackware on it, the thing said "no" (stupid Promise SATA RAID controller). It wasn't just Slackware, either. Debian did the same thing. In the end, I was forced to use Ubuntu, which isn't bad...but it isn't Slackware, either.

    Anyways, my Alienware laptop was basically overkill for what I needed to do. I had no need for a RAID 1 array or dual DVD+-RW drives in a laptop. Instead, I needed a non-gaming machine, and I was determined to get one that would work with Slackware. After shopping around a bit, I came across a local company called System 76. They were a bit pricey, but looked pretty good, and they installed Linux (albeit Ubuntu) by default. Eventually, I decided on them.

    My decision paid off. This new laptop runs Slackware flawlessly, it's built really well, performs very nicely, and best of all, it has a keyboard layout I love (page up/down and home/end are vertical and on the right-hand side).

    -Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.13Ghz
    -2gb RAM
    -60gb 7200rpm hard drive
    -Integrated Intel 950 graphics (like I said, I don't need a hefty card)
    -Integrated wireless card (never had one before, actually)
    -Slackware 11.0, decently modified
    -15.5" screen
    -About 6 lbs

    Since I mainly use laptops at school to take notes, write LaTeX documents, program, and administer servers/computer labs, I think this one will more than adequately serve my needs. And best of all, it won't weigh me down anymore.

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    2. AndrewB


      DJ_Haruko said:

      -Intel Core 2 Duo, 2.13Ghz
      -2gb RAM
      -60gb 7200rpm hard drive
      -Integrated Intel 950 graphics (like I said, I don't need a hefty card)
      -Integrated wireless card (never had one before, actually)
      -Slackware 11.0, decently modified
      -15.5" screen
      -About 6 lbs

      - Intel Pentium III Mobile 1.13GHz
      - 512mb RAM
      - 80gb 5400rpm hard drive (Seagate)
      - Radeon 9000 video controller (64MB dedicated DDR)
      - XP Professional (not legit)
      - 15.1" screen (1600x1200)
      - SB Audigy 2 ZS
      - DVD/CDRW
      - Circa 2001

    3. Doom Marine

      Doom Marine

      - Intel® Core™2 Duo mobile processor T7200 @ 2.0 GHz
      - 2GB PC2-4200 DDR2 RAM
      - 200GB Serial ATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
      - NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 Graphic Card with 256MB Video Memory
      - Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
      - 17" Widescreen @ 1440x900 (16:10)
      - Altec Lansing Audio
      - Double-layer DVD±RW/HD DVD-ROM/CD-RW
      - 3.5 Kilograms

    4. YukiRaven


      Might as well post specs on my two other laptops.

      Alienware Area 51-M
      Pentium 4, 3.2 Ghz, 800Mhz FSB
      Sata RAID controller (not being used)
      1gb ram
      80gb HD w/Windows XP (5400 rpm)
      40gb second HD w/Ubuntu Linux 7.04 (modified) (5400 rpm)
      nVidia GeForce 7800 GTX Go, 256mb
      Dual 24x DVD+-RW drives
      17" (?) display, 1920x1200 max
      About 12 lbs :(

      Toshiba Sattelite
      Pentium 3, 1.1Ghz
      512mb RAM
      30gb HD w/Slackware 11.0 (modified)
      Some decent Yamaha soundcard
      No CD-ROM (broken)
      GeForce 2 Go, 16mb RAM
      Harmon Kardon speakers
      1024x768 15" display
      ~4.5 lbs