[ale] eMachines AMD64 notebook

matty91 at bellsouth.net matty91 at bellsouth.net
Sun Feb 1 23:41:37 EST 2004

On Sun, 1 Feb 2004, Jeff Hubbs wrote:

> I've been looking at this as well, and here is my reasoning - I'd
> appreciate some calibration from you knowledgeable folk.
> I need to get a laptop pretty soon for doing consulting work.  I can
> expect to be doing OpenOffice and Evolution primarily right off the
> bat.  However, I need this laptop to also get me through a Master's
> program, and since I will be probably doing GIS-related work, it is
> quite possible that I may be doing a LOT of compiling and also, I may
> have to slog around a >2GB file every once in a while.  This is what
> pushes me into the 64-bit realm and with no small amount of speed to
> boot.

I am in the same boat as you, and decided to get an Apple powerbook. You
can run commercial and opensource applications, and have a complete  GNU
environment under the covers. Since several of my classes require access
and powerpoint, I needed a platform that would run these (I can use
virtual desktop 7.0 when it comes out to run access). Also, from chatting
with my friends, fink seems like a really cool framework for opensource
package management.

> It goes without saying that WinXP is going to fly out the window; I'm
> putting Linux on whatever I get.
> Having said all this, I'm looking at the eMachines M6805 and I'm
> thinking out loud:
> ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 - Linux-usable?  Closed driver?
> 1280 x 800 screen - how sucky?  I can dig the aspect ratio, but not
> because of DVD-watching - it's more a matter of having things like a
> browser window up on one side and an OO window up in the other.
> It says "Built-in high-speed wireless networking (802.11g/b-compliant);
> integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN; V.92 high-speed modem" - can I expect
> that none of these will necessarily work under Linux?  I do plan to use
> the 802.11 part of the time, even if I need to buy a known good PCMCIA
> 802.11 card.
> "Pointing Device:  Touchpad with vertical scroll zone" - I'm likely to
> pick up a real mouse (awesome if there's a way to do that wirelessly)
> for my laptop but it'd sure be nice if this functioned, especially the
> scroll pad and the tap/double-tap for mouse clicks.
> Related questions:
> Would I be happier if I got one of the hyperthreading P4s instead, to
> include one with better screen resolution even if it's 4:3 ratio?
> - Jeff
> On Tue, 2004-01-27 at 08:36, Chris Ricker wrote:
> > On Mon, 26 Jan 2004, Brian Stanaland wrote:
> >
> > > Just wondering if anyone's put 64-bit Linux on the eMachines M6000
> > > series notebook.  It has the Mobile AMD Athlon? 64-bit 3000+ Mobile
> > > Processor.
> >
> > I've not, but several people on the fedora-devel lists are using the fedora
> > test release on them. Sounds mostly supported, but you might want to check
> > the archives for all the gory details
> >
> > later,
> > chris
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