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EDIT: ComFiz ran on that? Hmm...well...if I ever get the inclination, I might give it a try.

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Compiz-Fusion can run on like a quarter of the specs aero requires... And ironically enough, it has EVERYTHING aero has and WAY more. Truly an amazing piece of software.

What is Socket P? What uses it?
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Compiz-Fusion can run on like a quarter of the specs aero requires... And ironically enough, it has EVERYTHING aero has and WAY more. Truly an amazing piece of software.

What is Socket P? What uses it?
Socket P is the 45nm Penryns (T8000/3mb and T9000/6mb versions)

And Dell makes awesome laptops! The only problem is you have to reformat as soon as you get it
    
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The wireless chip on the laptop I'm looking at is: ThinkPad 11a/b/g Wi-Fi wireless LAN Mini-PCIe US/EMEA/LA/ANZ...whatever that means.

Best I can do. Unless I pay $4 and get the "Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG"

I'm probably gonna shop around, so don't get your panties in a bundle if it's not one that works right now.

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Compiz-Fusion can run on like a quarter of the specs aero requires... And ironically enough, it has EVERYTHING aero has and WAY more. Truly an amazing piece of software.

What is Socket P? What uses it?
True. Compiz Fusion is a light-weight compared to Aero, and it's actually useful.

Socket P is the mobile socket for the Core-line of Intel chips.

EDIT: Supposedly that Thinkpad wireless chip is an Atheros AR5006EX or AR5212, both of which work in Ubuntu with the MadWifi drivers.

If you're gonna stick to Ubuntu or other distros that package some proprietary drivers on the CD, go with the default. My Netgear WAG311 has an Atheros AR5212 and has never given me trouble, other than signal strength showing about half of what it actually is (I think...). Only problem is since I don't have access to the router (No, I'm not leeching...), I can't install any distro that leaves out proprietary drivers unless I manually download MadWifi and all the dependencies for that distro. With a laptop, that may not be a problem.
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Score! On the wireless chip part, at least.

Well, I gotta go to bed. Got some serious sleeping to do

I'll pass out the +reps tomorrow. Thanks for all the help everyone. I'll be sure to post again when I actually have the laptop/or it's ordered.

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Good luck.
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I can't quite understand your reasoning behind choosing linux, but you seem to know what you want in a computer so GL
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Because Linux pwns windows in every single aspect except one.
Linux doesn't have a lot of big companies making products for them....

Which is why we have brilliant people who write drivers for them anyway!

As for the games... There's wine....

Or, even better, native Linux games!

Linux for the win!
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It is true what most people say in this thread: Compiz is lighter yet it does feel so much better than Aero!! After almost a couple of years running my PC without Linux, i was ever so happy to see that a Linux GUI has overtaken Windows in so many aspects. Shame there is not so much support (although it is growing) for Linux (on many aspects), but i guess this is a rather complicated issue.
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If you want a good solid linux OS that is easy to use, has loads of applications, and would be good for a college student, id go with SuSE or any of the *buntu's.


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Because Linux pwns windows in every single aspect except one.
Linux doesn't have a lot of big companies making products for them....

Which is why we have brilliant people who write drivers for them anyway!

As for the games... There's wine....

Or, even better, native Linux games!

Linux for the win!

i agree with the fact linux rules; however, Wine is VERY limited to the game itself and what distro you use. most people think the distro doesnt matter but some games install better on certain distros - check the wine site to see for yourself

Linux for the win indeed!
    
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