Best Linux Laptop

John Nielsen lists at
Mon Jan 7 12:19:53 MST 2013

On Jan 7, 2013, at 11:33 AM, Joshua Marsh <joshua at> wrote:

> On Mon, Jan 7, 2013 at 11:11 AM, Daniel Fussell <dfussell at> wrote:
>> You're certain you bought a Packard Bell?  They were often confused with
>> other machines, like a Hewlett Packard machine, a Macintosh machine, a
>> sewing machine, a scanner, an abacus and a deck of playing cards...
> haha! I found a pic of the model I had:
> I remember thinking how versatile it was being able to screw the speakers
> into the monitor or leave them off to the side. The mouse buttons were wavy
> which I took to be "modern". I convinced my mom that getting our own modem
> from Ultimate Electronics would make AOL exponentially faster. How times
> have changed.

IIRC I had a similar machine in 2001 or so that I got secondhand (it was old even then) in use as a NAT gateway (with cable Internet!) for a while. Compile times weren't great (it ran FreeBSD) but it did the job. I must've been lucky to get one that was decently put together.


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