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Referring to Dr. Martinus site You said: "The site itself is crowded, and
takes some getting used to, as well as a frames-capable browser to navigate it.
They have " What was after They have?
Editor's Response: Dell had announced the Linux support a few months ago, but
from what I have seen they still don't have a laptop ready to sell with linux yet.
I just did a search on Dell's site on Linux and found lots of press releases, but
no notebooks with Linux. They do have a linux page now - http://www.dell.com/linux/
with several desktops and their Poweredge Server series listed, so I guess that
is considerable progress.
The IBM announcement I saw was for one model of TP only and I didn't see it until
after the issue with the laptop article had already been sent to the webmaster.
Kind of weird, since so many have been certified for OS/2 you'd think it would be
easy to load Linux on them, yet after all these months they can only announce one
model for Linux. From what I saw the Linux users were complaining because there
still was no driver for the modem, though from what I hear, that is being worked
on along with a new LT modem driver for OS/2 and BEOS, that will do v.90 also.
Sorry about that typo. I'm not sure what I was going to say when I started it,
and I didn't catch it in the final review. I need more editors, so someone can review
my own stuff before we go live with it. :-(
I happened to read with interest your commentary regarding compatability of laptops
for the installation of OS/2. Pre-installation of OS/2 has been a long standing
problem here in the U.K. You simply can't find anyone prepared to do this as the
perception is that everyone wants Windows. We both know the misconception vaunted
by those words but I have been through exactly the same search as you within the
past year and settled at that time on a Toshiba 320CDT. The machine came badged
as Windows 98 and NT ready and was supplied with Cds of Windows 98 and 95 in addition
to the pre-installation. I discovered after I had reconfigured the machine and installed
OS/2 that the Dr. Martinus site existed while looking for a sound driver for the
Yamaha chipset installed.
According to the information on the site my choice of machine was among the most compatable around and I have to say that the machine has run this past year faultlessly under OS/2.
The spec is 233MHz Intel Pentium II processor, 13.1" TFT screen, 4.1GB HD,
32MB Ram, 20 speed CD Rom, floppy drive and the usual ports. There are two PCMCIA
slots one of which is type 3 compatable. I have found the 32MB RAM quite satisfactory
under OS/2 although I would be looking to upgrade to at least 64MB should the machine
have been running Windows 98/NT. The keyboard has always been a strong factor with
Toshiba and this in fact is my second Toshiba machine for personal and business
I was a little mistified as to how you intend to deal with the internal Lucent
winmodem under OS/2 in your choice machine as I have never been aware fo OS/2 drivers
to accomodate these devices. Perhaps you could let me know how you manage with that.
Many thanks for an insight into your search. It made me feel quite at home to
share the knowledge that I'm not alone in my quest for superiority in operating
systems in the PC environment and I am an ardent supporter of OS/2. I recommend
it to my clients for a wide variety of mission critical tasks and have installed
many systems under OS/2. My support overhead is much lower than other suppliers/developers
who promote and install Windows and user satisfaction is therefore much greater.
It doesn't work here with the SIO driver, but works fine with COM.SYS. You have
to be able to set the modem IRQ/Address in the BIOS. Currently this driver tops
out at 33.3, but the author is working on a v.90 release that should do 53K.