JonM33 wrote: telenux wrote:
I'll try once more. One, no, I didn't read it, initially, so what? The comments seemed to indicate a few things. An Ubuntu bias, perhaps? Or they're just going with the more marketable Linux info that they might have be familiar with. Second, I don't consider 'PC World' as a considerable source for info on Linux and likely to give crucial info for choosing a laptop for Linux.
Lastly, after skimming through the article, it was confirmed, that there is not much up-to-date info that is needed if you are buying a BRAND NEW laptop. Optimus technology is in most Nvidia-based laptops right now. The author didn't mention much of the importance of what your gpu card is. At least, this summary on the wifi card wasn't bad. I'm not sure why you're objecting to my two cents, anyway. I guess you didn't like that someone wasn't too excited about your source? Chill. I am not sure why you wouldn't consider there might be other sources that would help noobs pick a laptop and avoid some of the inevitable issues that might crop up if one didn't do their homework.
News to you. Most Linux mags merely regurgitate what is months old on DistroWatch or just puke out things as stupid as screenshots of the installation process for new distros, as if installing Linux has evolved in the past 5 years. They also sell considerably less than PC World does. So a bigger PC mag trying to put Linux in the spotlight in a Windows dominated world is a good thing in my book.
If you don't like that then go make your own magazine. Don't make it LInux specific though because it won't sell and nobody will read it.
Regarding Optimus, something you must love, it's irrelevant. nVIDIA is being abandoned on most laptops. Even Apple is dropping nVIDIA. Given nVIDIA's horrible history of faulty mobile GPUs I am still puzzled why anyone would consider them.
Really? I see them on at least a quarter or more. No less than ATI for the discrete part. Anyway, I perceive a trend of hybrid graphics or switchable graphics. At the moment, I am not recommending Nvidia on the laptop precisely for the lack of Linux support.
You have a point about the 'mag' doing a report on Linux as any publicity or discussion of it probably has something of interest to consider. I'm just wary of a corporate mag like PC World doing a report on it and 'what's recommended' for Linux on a laptop. Upon further review, the article 'wasn't bad' but I prefer to obtain info via other sources such as distro specific forums and sites like Phoronix. That's just my preference and people are free to take advice from whatever source they wish.
It's probably good to read several sources and obtain several opinions, thus, various insight so that they have a substantial collection of ideas and info which should help lead the Linux user to the most compatible hardware and help avoid unanticipated or unexpected trouble.
Hardware is constantly changing, support can be improved or dropped depending on various factors or circumstances and it's quite a chore digesting it all and dissecting all the assertions you find along the way!