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SubjectRe: x86: 4kstacks default

On Wed, 2008-04-23 at 13:24 +0200, Stefan Richter wrote:
> Romano Giannetti wrote:
> [stack size requirements -> ndiswrapper -> hardware support status -> ?]
> > a nice page with "_this_ laptop will fully work with linux" would be
> > nice. Linux on laptop or similar is too complex to be a real help when
> > you have to buy a laptop in 2 days.
> If sites like,, and the hardware
> compatibility databases of Linux distributors don't work for you, then
> just ask the notebook vendors directly.

Unfortunately, it is quite a complex thing to check. Mind you, I've
bought this laptop after looking all over there, but:

- tuxmobil & Co are very user-driven, and you have to swim among tenth
of "similar" computer;

- it's not so easy to know what exactly is bundled with a laptop[1];

- vendor say "works" (and often is listed as works in the aforementioned
sites too) independently if it works with an open source driver or not.
As an example, all the nvidia-based graphics are marked "works".


[1] In my case, I selected this toshiba over for example a HP or an Acer
because it had "atheros wifi" (but guess that the PHY version is too new
to be supported...), "intel hda sound" (but guess that the specific
codec didn't work at all, and continues to have a lot of problems),
"intel graphics" (and that at least was a good decision!).

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