March 27th, 2006, 07:29 AM
Best PC for Linux Apps.
I'm a linux newb and I've been having trouble finding the best lap top to use with Auditor, Knoppix, etc. So my question is: What (in your opinion) is the best lap top configuration to run the applications on the Live CD's?
March 27th, 2006, 08:51 AM
Well unless those applications are going to involve any major graphics, the video card doesn't need to be anything fancy. And Live CDs don't touch the hard drive, so that's not a factor either. So basically anything with a decent processor, lots of RAM and a decent CD read speed would work well.
March 27th, 2006, 08:52 AM
Any computer with a motherboard, cpu, ram, and a CD rom drive... You'll need some way to power it of course ...
March 27th, 2006, 09:28 AM
As stated, if you're going to run security/pen testing toolkits via the command line (and you don't intend to install Linux on the laptop), then anything with a decent amount of RAM, good CD read speed and a fairly decent processor will do. If you're going to install Linux on a laptop, find a laptop you like, and see if it is mentioned either on Linux-Laptop.net or Tuxmobil.org. Chances are it will be, and there you can find information on what worked or not. You can also look at the laptop's specifications and verify that the components are compatible by looking at your distro's HCL (eg. openSUSE 10.0's HCL can be found here).
Most laptops will run Linux w/ GUI fine - just try to get a laptop with an nVidia rather than an ATI graphics card, because if not you can run into some problems.. ATI's driver isn't the most "newbie friendly" one out there
Even if you do encounter problems, most can be resolved by adding a parameter when booting it, installing a driver, or whatever. I'm currently installing Gentoo on a Compaq Presario R3000T, and it's going fine atm - SUSE 10 worked great on it too. And I have SUSE 10.0 running on an Advent 7084 - admittedly, I haven't gotten round to installing the ATI drivers yet, but that will come in due course..