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Re: [vox-tech] Anyone have experience with Windows XP & Linux on a Laptop?

Quoting Steven Peck (speck@blkmtn.org):

> I would strongly advise that you avoid Sony Vaio laptops.  They are
> amoung the most proprietary laptops in existance and even getting a
> different versions of Windows, then the one it came with, to work on
> them can prove incredibly difficult.

The exception was the first-generation VAIOs, such as the PCG-505TX and
505TR (P266-class).  Those were very Linux-friendly, and I'm still
delighted with my old 505TX.

Rumour has it that they were designed by Linux/BSD-fan engineers, and
that Sony HQ eventually noticed and dictated that subsequent generations 
be deliberately made with components that discourage "unsupported
operating systems" -- e.g., USB floppies, unsupported sound and video
chipsets, winmodems, etc.  Unconfirmed -- but the results are consistent
with that rumour.  (Linux eventually overcomes each such obstacle, e.g.,
the USB floppy drive.)

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