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Greetings all,

thank you all very much for the response, especially ibara's detailed explanation, and albator's note regarding "not configured".

I am looking specifically on Dell's, I have E6410, on which everything works, but it has an NVIDIA card, which although allegedly supported by nv(4) driver was stubbornly refusing to work with anything except vesa(4) driver. So, I will now look into the database for similar models, but if someone has a recommendation, I would appreciate it.

I know that people generally like Thinkpads, but I do not like their component blacklisting.

Again, thank you.

Kindest regards,

M
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if someone has a recommendation, I would appreciate it.
You should be more specific :
  • laptop or desktop ? (regarding your E6410, I assume you're looking for a laptop, but...)
  • price range ?
  • only for OpenBSD ?

I also assume you're looking for an amd64/i386, right ?
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Hi LeFrettchen,

sorry, I made an assumptions that everyone knows my needs. ;-(

Regarding your questions, as a preliminary matter, I use the laptop mostly for word-processing and associated tasks, e-mail, Internet research, (professionally), watching movies, listening to music, and light programming/scripting (as hobbies).

Based on that, I think that features like good keyboard and display with resolution of at least 1600x900 are paramount. Since when not traveling, I attach the laptop to an external monitor, a display port or HDMI would be nice since VGA appears to be disappearing from the external monitors; others e.g., i7 and lot of memory (16-32GB), are probably not necessary. Likewise no need for dual video card.

1. Since the title says laptop, yes, I am looking for a laptop.

2. Please see above. I think that the Latitude line is good enough.

3. Let us say yes. I would think that any laptop will also dual boot Win 7, but it is by no means a requirement.

Yes, I think that 64 bit Intel/AMD architecture is preferable.

Kindest regards,

M

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Not all Dell touchpads work. Just fyi. You'd need an external mouse. I use a Logitech M330.
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Hi ibara,

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Not all Dell touchpads work. Just fyi. You'd need an external mouse. I use a Logitech M330.
Thank you for letting me know, mine works, but I do not use it much, I prefer the little button between GHB letters if I do not have a mouse.

But these details are, why I asked on some advice from owners of Dells.

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Greetings all,

I did some more investigation and narrowed my choice to E6440 and E7440. Anybody has an experience with either one?

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I am not a laptop user, however what I would do if I was buying a new laptop, is find out what Theo de Raadt is using. He said he was getting a new one not long ago and also said anything he is using would be well supported. I can't remember which laptop he got though.
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Hi Prevet,

this is a great idea. You would not remember where you have read oabout it, by a chance?

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Here it is:

https://marc.info/?l=openbsd-misc&m=155906387305271&w=2

Sorry I misremembered. He said he is hoping to get one. So he will probably get one and then make it work well.
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Hi Prevet,

you sent me on a goose chase; but I found nothing. Now I know the reason. ;-)

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Hi Prevet,

you sent me on a goose chase; but I found nothing. Now I know the reason. ;-)

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M
I found the laptops they were talking about. They start at $1000 USD.

https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops...es/c/thinkpadt

Edit:
Oh I see you don't like Thinkpads. I see you like Intel but that may not be a good idea either, as Theo not been too happy with Intel recently.

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Hi Prevet,

I do not dislike Lenovo per se, I had some before; I just do not like their whitelisting policy and think that Dell Latitude and above are better value.

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