Where can I buy a linux-friendly laptop?

William Park opengeometry-FFYn/CNdgSA at public.gmane.org
Tue Nov 22 03:31:28 UTC 2005

On Mon, Nov 21, 2005 at 09:42:03PM -0500, William Park wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 21, 2005 at 08:56:43PM -0500, phiscock-g851W1bGYuGnS0EtXVNi6w at public.gmane.org wrote:
> > 
> > I just purchased an $800 Acer laptop at Canada Computes. It has *no*
> > serial or parallel ports, but it does have 4 USB ports. I know you can
> > get usb-serial adaptors and I assume that the same sort of thing
> > exists for parallel ports. The serial port adaptor includes software
> > drivers for Windows, and in Linux the drivers are built into the
> > kernel. They make the USB port invisible and software thinks it's
> > writing to a serial port which is nice, because legacy software
> > continues to work and USB is a programming nightmare.
> I have my eye on that laptop, also.
> Wouldn't it be cheaper to just buy USB modem?  I assume USB modem is not
> a "softmodem".  If anyone used USB modem successfully, what device do I
> link /dev/modem to?

Urrgh... spoke to fast.  Kernel doc's usb-serial.txt says /dev/ttyUSB0.
Also, USB-to-serial is cheaper than USB modem. :-)

William Park <opengeometry-FFYn/CNdgSA at public.gmane.org>, Toronto, Canada
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