[kwlug-disc] good live CD to test laptops in store

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Wed Jan 6 18:16:53 EST 2010


I have not tried USBs. Easier to burn the CD ISO as it was downloaded I
guess.

I have tried bootable CDs at Futureshop, Staples and Best Buy. At Staples,
they lock the laptops in a "cradle/cage", which blocks the CD. I would ask
that I need to boot a CD, and they always obliged. Even when not doing this,
no one objected. Some would look curiously and then I tell them this is
Linux. I sometimes give them the CD itself too.

On Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 3:43 PM, Insurance Squared Inc. <
gcooke at insurancesquared.com> wrote:

>  What the heck do the 16 year olds at best buy do when you folks walk in
> and start pluggin in usb sticks into their laptops? :)
>
>
> Raul Suarez wrote:
>
> Why a CD? why not a bootable USB? These days it is more likely that you will find computers with USB ports than CDs.
>
> And I think that you know the obvious "Linux" answer. Take a live CD/USB of the distribution/Desktop environment you are most likely to use.
>
> I guess taking several wouldn't bee too bad. I have had mixed success with Hibernation and Auto suspend on lid close for example.
>
> Some load the Synaptic driver for the touchpad, some you have to do it yourself.
>
> Me? I would take an ubuntu, puppy and SuSE.
>
> Raul Suarez
>
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> --- On Wed, 1/6/10, Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca> <rpjday at crashcourse.ca> wrote:
>
>
>
>  From: Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca> <rpjday at crashcourse.ca>
> Subject: [kwlug-disc] good live CD to test laptops in store
> To: "KWLUG discussion list" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org> <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Received: Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 11:57 AM
>
>   i'm thinking of taking along a live CD/DVD to test
> various laptops
> for linux compatibility at a couple computer stores.
> is there any
> particular live version that people have found that is more
> useful
> and/or informative than the others?  a good distro
> that will really
> stress test the box?  thanks.
>
> rday
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