OT: Recommended Linux Laptops, suppliers?
Lulu of the Lotus-Eaters
mertz at gnosis.cx
Wed Mar 19 01:06:48 CET 2003
Cliff Wells <LogiplexSoftware at earthlink.net> wrote previously:
|I have no real problem with Apple other than their pricing.
I think you are still on a wrong track here, Cliff. I've followed all
the links posted in this thread, and I have not seen anything listing a
lower priced Intel/AMD/Transmeta PC than an equivalent Apple.
The key thing here is to look at what is EQUIVALENT. For me, Pystones
(or other benchmarks) are very low on my list of desired laptop
features. It is quite true that you simply cannot buy an Apple laptop
with the CPU performance of even a moderately-priced x86. And the
closest you can come is to buy Apple's extremely pricey top end.
But it is also true that you CANNOT buy an x86 laptop that weighs less
than 5lbs and has a battery that lasts 4 hours for less than $1500[*].
Especially not one that includes an internal CD drive. If those are
your criteria, an iBook is your least expensive choice. The ultralight
PCs though, do also have somewhat lower performance than their heavier
siblings (i.e. closer to Apples).
It's not mostly CPU speed that costs money. Weight costs money
(inversely), and battery life costs money. And screen size (where
Apples only do moderately well per dollar).
[*] I have the strange feeling someone is going to quote me a year from
now, when my numbers are dramatically inaccurate. Blah, blah, I mean
new price, today's date, etc.
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