My wife is considering purchasing a new laptop, and she has proposed to me 3 different laptops that she wishes me to look at, giving me a chance to state a preference for Linux (openSUSE) compatibility, although that compatibility is not a requirement of hers.
Hence my questions are:
- Is anyone familiar with running any of these laptops under Linux ? And
- Does anyone know of a similar laptop that meets her requirements (below) that also runs under Linux ?
Her requirements are:
- small screen, up to 12” maximum
- CPU > 4 GHz (which I equate to being at least a dual core)
- Possible Operating System : Windows XP Pro, although she will consider Windows 7 [and she wants me to check for Linux compatibility]. I seriously doubt she will find much in terms of Windows XP compatibility.
- standard laptop features: Wireless, Wired ethernet connection,
Exceptionally long battery life is not a requirement.
She did not list a CD/DVD drive as a requirement, but I note each laptop on her list has one. Verbally she told me she wants a small laptop (12" screen max) with a very fast CPU.
The laptops on her short list currently are:
Acer Travel Mate 6293
](http://www.acer.co.uk/acer/productv.do?LanguageISOCtxParam=en&kcond61e.c2att101=39230&sp=page16e&ctx2.c2att1=17&link=ln438e&CountryISOCtxParam=UK&ctx1g.c2att92=122&ctx1.att21k=1&CRC=3437032415) (she is considering a mail order purchase). A linlap page suggests Linx compatibility. I note graphics are the Intel GMA 4500MHD and wireless the Intel Wireless WiFi Link 5300AGN (which works well on my Dell Studio 1537 with openSUSE-11.3, although I note some forum users struggling with there PC’s implementation of this 5300AGN wireless hardware)…
HP Touchsmart tx2-1310eg
](http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?docname=c02026474&cc=uk&dlc=en&lc=en&jumpid=reg_R1002_UKEN), (she is considering a mail order purchase). I note Radeon HD3200 graphics and WXGA 1200x800 graphics tablet. Screen rotates to being a touch display. I note a http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4Wm3U8kJ5E]Youtube video of a Ubuntu-9.10 install with the touch screen working. There was an old openSUSE sdb tutorial for the TX2 touch screen (which has not been maintained)…
Wireless: The spec does not mention a wireless, but the site she is looking to buy from mentions a WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n wireless. Website linlap only reference the 1200 serieswhich I assume is similar and that site suggests a bcm4322 802.11a/b/g/n wireless. The broadcom site suggests the BCM4322 is not supported by a “free” driver (as those device have unsupported N-PHYs, which is purportedly being working on). Yet a Debian wiki suggests a version of the BCM4322 may be supported by a non-free driver. I note this Packman packaged broadcom driver which I believe supports the BCM4322.
Fujitsu Esprimo Mobile U9210 Core 2 Duo
](http://ts.fujitsu.com/products/mobile/notebooks/esprimo_mobile_u.html) , with more information in a pdf data sheet here (she is considering a mail order purchase). I note in linlap that this laptop appears to be supported running well with Ubuntu-9.10. Graphics are the Intel GMA 4500MHD. Wireless may be the Intel Wi-Fi Link 5300 (which works well on my Dell Studio 1537 with openSUSE-11.3, although I note some forum users struggling with there PC’s implementation of this 5300AGN wireless hardware). This laptop also has 3G, and I have not found any reference to a Linux user successfully using this capability in the laptop (linlap has it not working in Linux - although that may not be definite, but its not encouraging).
Thats close to the sum of my research. From what I can learn, both the Acer-6293 and the Fujitsu Esprimo U9210 should work with no problems in most areas (except UMTS may not work with Linux), … but the HP Touchsmart TX2-1310 could be more of challenge due to its Broadcom wireless and its advanced touchscreen tablet.