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Laptop hunting [Dec. 2nd, 2007|11:52 pm]
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Currently, I'm in a search for a laptop for the next semester. I have certain basic requirements, like decent ram, harddrive, and an nvidia graphics card. And the absolute requirement, not have Vista installed (I want windows for things that need it, but I don't want Vista).

So, just to get a benchmark on things, I wandered around the Dell website. I also did this a few weeks ago. One of the big things I noticed is that they aren't offering Ubuntu laptops any more. Which sucks. The other thing is that, when I look at the home laptop section, they seem to charge way over the odds, whereas the small business section offers specs closer to what I want, with the option of XP on more of the machines. The added bonus, they're cheaper, even when you do count in the VAT.

*sigh*

Does this mean that if you consider yourself a power user (or, at the very least, someone who wants to run a BDI-style Multi-Agent system, or experiments on grammatical evolution, or a simple neural net, at any reasonable speed on your laptop) you should consider yourself to be a small business rather than a home customer?

Just a thought.
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[User Picture]From: ebel
2007-12-03 11:58 am (UTC)
Ubuntu isn't available from Dell Ireland yet.
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