Hi. I was looking for a notebook found two good deals: Toshiba Satellite
A135-S4527 and Sony VAIO N220E/B, both for the same price (after rebate)
$5999.99.
I wonder which one would have better Linux compatibility (and maybe better
performance).
Their specifications are listed below.

Felipe

*** Toshiba Satellite A135-S4527 *************************
Processor Brand: Intel
Processor Class: Pentium Dual-Core
Processor Number: T2080
Processor Speed: 1.73 GHz
Front Side Bus: 533 MHz
Mobile Technology: Centrino
L2 Cache Size: 1 MB
System Chipset: Intel 943GML Express
Memory Speed: PC2-4200 (533MHz)
Memory Type: DDR2-SDRAM
Installed Memory: 1 GB
Maximum Memory: 2 GB
Memory Slots Total: 2
Hard Drive Capacity: 120 GB
Drive Controllers: SATA-150
Rotational Speed: 5400 RPM
Optical Drives: Double Layer DVD SuperMulti Drive:
Create a Double Layer DVD+R at a maximum 4X Write speed
Create a Double Layer DVD-R at a maximum 4X Write speed
Create a DVD-R at a maximum 8X Write speed or a maximum 6X Rewrite speed
Create a DVD+R at a maximum 8X Write speed or a maximum 8X Rewrite speed
Create a DVD-RAM at a maximum 5X Write speed
Play a DVD at a maximum 8X Read speed
Create a CD-Rom at a maximum 24X Write speed
Create a CD-RW at a maximum 16X Rewrite speed
Play a CD-Rom at a maximum 24X Read speed
Additional Drives: DL DVD SuperMulti
Sound Support: Digital Audio (16-bit)
Video Chipset Brand: Intel
Video Chipset: Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Shared Video RAM (Max): 256 MB
Resolution: 1280 x 800
Screen Size: 15.4 in
Screen Type: TruBrite Screen Technology
Physical Aspect Ratio: 16:10 (Widescreen)
Port Connectors: Video:
1 x RGB (monitor) output
1 x S-Video output
Audio:
1 x Microphone input
1 x Headphone output
Data:
1 x i.LINK™ IEEE-1394
4 x USB v2.0
1 x RJ-45 LAN
1 x RJ-11 modem
Card Slots: 1 x Memory Stick
1 x Memory Stick PRO
1 x Secure Digital(SD)/MMC
1 x xD-Picture Card
1 x Type II / Type 1 PC Card
Network Support: Ethernet (10/100 Mbps)
Wireless Protocol: 802.11b
802.11g
Modem Speed: 56 Kbps
Input Devices: Keyboard
Touchpad
Number of Batteries: 1
Installed Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium
Chassis Color: Mist Gray
In the Box: 65W external AC adapter
6-cell (4000mAh) rechargeable, removable Lithium-Ion battery pack
Height: 1.5 in
Width: 14.2 in
Depth: 10.5 in
Weight: 6.0 lbs
Limited Warranty: 1 Year (12 Months)


*** Sony VAIO N220E/B ***************************

Processor Brand: Intel
Processor Class: Pentium Dual-Core
Processor Number: T2060
Processor Speed: 1.6 GHz
Front Side Bus: 533 MHz
Mobile Technology: Other
L2 Cache Size: 1 MB
System Chipset: Intel 943GML Express
Memory Speed: PC2-4200 (533MHz)
Memory Type: DDR2-SDRAM
Installed Memory: 1 GB
Maximum Memory: 2 GB
Memory Slots Total: 2
Memory Slots Available: 0
Hard Drive Capacity: 80 GB
Drive Controllers: SATA-150
Rotational Speed: 5400 RPM
Optical Drives: Double Layer DVD SuperMulti Drive:
Create a DVD+R DL at a maximum 4X Write speed
Create a DVD-R DL at a maximum 4X Write speed
Create a DVD+R at a maximum 8X Write speed or a maximum 8X Rewrite speed
Create a DVD-R at a maximum 8X Write speed or a maximum 6X Rewrite speed
Create a DVD-RAM at a maximum 5X Write speed
Play a DVD-Rom at a maximum 8X Read speed
Create a CD-Rom at a maximum 24X Write speed
Create a CD-RW at a maximum 16X Rewrite speed
Play a CD-Rom at a maximum 24X Read speed
Additional Drives: DL DVD SuperMulti
Sound Support: Digital Audio (16-bit)
Video Chipset Brand: Intel
Video Chipset: Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950
Total Available Graphics Memory (Vista): 224 MB
Resolution: 1280 x 800
Screen Size: 15.4 in
Screen Type: Active Matrix LCD (TFT)
Port Connectors: 1 x VGA out with Smart Display Sensor
1 x i.LINK® connector (IEEE 1394) (4 pin)
2 x USB 2.0
1 x RJ-45 Ethernet LAN
1 x RJ-11 Modem
1 x Audio - Headphone jack
1 x Audio - Microphone input
1 x DC-in
Card Slots: 1 x MagicGate Memory Stick
1 x Memory Stick PRO
1 x Memory Stick PRO Duo
1 x Secure Digital (SD)
1 x ExpressCard/34
Network Support: Ethernet (10/100 Mbps)
Wireless Protocol: 802.11b
802.11g
Modem Speed: 56 Kbps
Input Devices: Keyboard
Touchpad
Number of Batteries: 1
Installed Operating System: Windows Vista Home Premium
Included Software: Anti-Virus and Recovery Software:
Norton® Internet Security™ 2007 60-Day Subscription - Norton AntiVirus®,
Norton Personal Firewall, Norton Privacy Control, Norton AntiSpam®, Norton
Parental Control
Supplied Applications:
Microsoft® Works 8.5 - Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Calendar, Scheduling,
Contact Management, and Database
Sony® Original Software:
Click to DVD™ - DVD Creation
Chassis Color: Black
In the Box: Sony VAIO N220E/B Notebook
Standard Lithium-ion battery (VGP-BPS2A/S)
AC adapter
Power Cord
Height: 1.6 in
Width: 14.4 in
Depth: 10.5 in
Weight: 6.5 lbs
Limited Warranty: 1 Year (12 Months)

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