I have always been hugely interested of Linux, but the problem has normaly been the installation. Is there a distribution that would work with laptop without problems? And what will happen with the hard drive partition, will it mess up?
Another question, is it true you can run Linux on an Xbox, or is my friend just making stuff up?
i have never heard of linux on xbox
and yes, you are run linux on laptop. you just need to get the proper drivers for your hardware.
markkula, what laptop are we talking about? Thoshiba, Acer, Asus etc?
Try using Knoppix (runs from CD) while you get used to it. Then try Ubuntu - its probably the best release around!! And its easy for novices.
I know that Ubuntu works great on most laptops. I ran it for few months on my HP NC6120, and it was ok, everything was recognized and properly installed. Now i`m running mandriva 2005, and slack 10.01, mandriva recognized all, but slackware has a problem. First, the touchpad isn`t recognized, i`m from Croatia, and we have different keyboard layout with special caracters like ونِ, so that is`t recognized, but i think that it wouldn`t make a problem with other keyb. layouts. I`m delighted with mandriva, but slack will be removed
I have a Acer 1693. The true guestion is that will Linux find my Wlan modem, touchpad and so on? How much would I need space for Linux on hard drive?
I've personally never had good luck running linux on a laptop but haven't tried it in a few years. Good luck with your Wlan unless it's a PCMCIA card. Touchpad should work fine. You're gonna need about 5 or 6 gigs for a full install depending on the distribution.
The Xbox OS is a Linux. And for installing on a laptop, I recommend a repartition or a new hard drive. Just be careful not to screw up ur windoze.
If your wireless card is integrated, you might come across some problems in accessing it. Most likely it is a missing driver problem, find out the card's name in windoze and search on the net for solutions of drivers posted by other programmer.
To install linux on laptop, is the same way like on desktop.
but, you must use Linux which is have big database of driver. Because, usually the devices on laptop is require special driver
I've tried most of the main Linux distros on a laptop and the one that seems to work best with 100% recognition of devices (such as wireless networking) is Mandriva. The new 2006 version is particularly good and is on the cover DVD of Linux Magazine this month.
The first distribution I did on a laptop was feather linux. I just transferred it with my USB key to see if it would work, and it did! It even picked up the wireless internet, which I definitely did not think would work. Some of the larger distributions of linux I found didn't work so well.