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The_Great_Sephiroth
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:23 am    Post subject: Hardware supported? Reply with quote

My boss is looking at a 2-in-1 laptop with touchscreen and all, and he wants to know if Gentoo will run on it prior to making the purchase. He will virtualize Windows in VBox if it does work. The hardware APPEARS compatible to me, but I've never used a touchscreen or pen in Linux. We would be running Plasma on it. The hardware/drivers info is here. Would Gentoo work with the touchscreen and pen input here, or should he look for another model or just stick with Windows?
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gentoo is just a distribution of linux so what you are wanting to know is if the laptop works with Linux (with all it's features)...For that did you start by checking google to see maybe if it turns up some problems, so may quickly learn that it might be better avoided. I'm not saying for sure, there are also other sites that can more directly help to answer if Dell hardware works well with with linux.

If I were you though, to save time and effort I would look for a solution for the boss that had been well enough tested and doesn't have any major issues or glitches. So a good way to do this might be to check out another google search for something like linux laptop hardware and see what comes up.

Here's one example... https://wiki.installgentoo.com/index.php/Laptop_Buying_Guide (This is not I don't think an official part of the Gentoo recommendations or anything like that).

Dell is mentioned towards the bottom of the page, so maybe start with this and then go to google for the remaining questions. What's tough is to know ahead of time, and that because they are not selling you a pre-loaded linux system. At least one thing I would venture to guess is that if you are going to put Gentoo/Linux on it, then that machine is probably better than some other machines, for example a Mac.

Good luck :-)
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dell normally works very well with Linux. I have had half a dozen Latitude systems over the years and all work flawlessly with Linux, both Debian and Gentoo. My concern was the pen and touch input because I have never used touch or pen input in Linux before. Specifically, is there an application for writing with the pen on so you can take notes naturally? What about the touch support? I already looked at the hardware and it looks like the basics (video, audio, wifi, sata) are common.

Also, this is something I get hit with from time to time. The boss sees something he wants and then asks if he can put Linux on it. Again, if it wasn't touch or pen input I'd have said yes. These two things worry me since they're new to me.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The_Great_Sephiroth,

It works with Ubuntu
That's a good sign.
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