hi,<br><br><div class="gmail_quote">On Dec 11, 2007 11:02 PM, Mark G Sobell <<a href="mailto:email@example.com">firstname.lastname@example.org</a>> wrote:<br><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;">
Hi All --<br><br>I am looking for a laptop, probably to run Ubuntu, maybe Fedora. I have a<br>couple of requirements:<br></blockquote><div><br>Someone has suggested buying a Dell as a way to thank Dell for supporting FOSS. Well, they have done that, kind of. Except that it is hard to find FOSS on their website.
<br><br>If you are local to SF Bay Area, you might want to consider supporting a group that has supported us. There are two vendors in the SF Bay Area that have helped a lot with our local public middle school project:
<a href="http://Zareason.com">Zareason.com</a> and <a href="http://Techcollective.com">Techcollective.com</a>. They have both actually come over to the school to help out. <br><br>So yeah, if you buy from Dell, then they will continue to run Linux models. But if you buy from one of those two groups, you will help local people.
<br><br>Also, if I were you, I would want to buy from someone who would care what the community thought about them. I'm not sure that Dell would. Also, for the school project, we cared about having reasonable markups. We want Linux vendors to make a profit, but Dell is too aggressive in its pricing. After all, it has all of that advertising cost to cover, whereas both of these local groups rely on word of mouth advertising, which means that they can pass on the costs to you.
<br><br>good luck! <br> </div><blockquote class="gmail_quote" style="border-left: 1px solid rgb(204, 204, 204); margin: 0pt 0pt 0pt 0.8ex; padding-left: 1ex;"><br>It must have enough power and be able to hold enough RAM (4GB?) to support up
<br>to three virtual systems running under Xen or VMware.<br><br>I would like a 17 inch screen so my eyeballs do not bug out after a day of<br>editing/composing pages/spreads of text. For the same reason I would like a<br>
fairly high rez screen (1920x1200?).<br><br>The ASUS G2S-B2 caught my eye. It is more than I wanted to spend, but my<br>requirements may leave me no options. Anyone have experience with this one?<br><br><a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220255" target="_blank">
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220255</a><br><a href="http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=5&l2=133&l3=491&l4=0&model=1675&modelmenu=2" target="_blank">http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=5&l2=133&l3=491&l4=0&model=1675&modelmenu=2
</a><br><br>Other than that I am pretty open. I would welcome suggestions and any<br>experience you have with this type of laptop.<br><br>Thanks,<br><br> Mark<br><font color="#888888">--<br> Mark
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