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    lduren NNTP User

    Default Compaq compatibility with Suse

    I have a Compaq desktop in mind to purchase. Since Compaq and HP sponsor Suse, does this guarantee that every desktop system that they sell will run SUSE on it as a workstation?

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    goldie NNTP User

    Default Re: Compaq compatibility with Suse

    > I have a Compaq desktop in mind to purchase. Since Compaq and HP sponsor
    > Suse, does this guarantee that every desktop system that they sell will
    > run SUSE on it as a workstation?


    short answer: no

    longer: WELCOME!! when you say SUSE are you speaking of openSUSE or
    SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (aka SLED), if the latter you need to
    ask over in forums.novell.com, or use their certified hardware finder
    at http://developer.novell.com/yessearch/Search.jsp

    if you are asking about openSUSE:

    there is no doubt that Compaq offers many systems designed for the
    installed OS only, and in many many (most) cases that will not Linux..

    the BEST way to make sure you get a Windows compatible machine is to
    buy one with a MS operating system..

    and, if you buy one with Linux installed, guess what? that is pretty
    good indication it is compatible with the distribution and version
    number installed on it by the factory...(but, unfortunately NOT a
    "guarantee" (to use your word) that you can have a good experience if
    you install BeOS, Red Hat _or_ openSUSE 11.2

    you can see if anyone else has tried the machine you are looking at
    with openSUSE here: http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/Desktops/Compaq

    as you can see there are NOT many listed--that is only a function of
    not many people posting their experience....many _might_ have had 100%
    success and not posted a single word to help the purchase decision of
    those that follow..

    another way is google it, using a search sting like
    linux "Compaq [model number]"
    might turn up lots of hits, or none...play with the search string and
    do lots of reading...sometimes it is helpful to add other words or
    phrases like:
    "driver problems" "install problems" or just problems

    that said: _most_ desktop systems' hardware is generic enough that
    they will work....but, before you start installing (i see this is your
    first post here) be SURE to read and follow the advice in
    http://tinyurl.com/6jwtg9

    and, read the Compaq warranty closely...unfortunately some
    manufacturers void their warranty if you add or change the operating
    system....certainly they cannot and will not offer technical support
    in solving any problems you have _with_ Linux on a machine they sold
    with MS.....and, in too many cases they void all hardware warranty also..

    as far as i know IBM <http://www.ibm.com/linux>, Dell
    <http://www.dell.com/linux>, and HP <http://www.hp.com/linux> sell
    systems with Linux installed...and, there are some 'independents' who
    do the same you can google for them, the only ones i know are:
    http://www.linuxcertified.com/
    http://system76.com/
    http://www.emperorlinux.com/

    note/CAVEAT: i've not purchased from any of them (i usually buy OS
    free boxes or components) and this posting is not an ad or even a
    suggestion that you do!

    --
    goldie
    Note: Accuracy, completeness, legality, or usefulness of this posting
    may be illusive.

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