Passing the test

In my capacity as the blogger commonly known as “Larry the Free Software Guy” (at least to those who like me; the others . . . ?), I get to test hardware from time to time to review. To be honest, I hate doing reviews because, when the last period is put into place and I push the “publish” button on WordPress, I get a barrage of “How can you like this . . .?” or “How could you not like that . . . ?” Ad nauseum.

But still, coming in the next few days to the Larry the Free Software Guy blog will be two reviews: one of ZaReason’s Alto 3880 laptop and the other a review of ZaReason’s Strata 6880. Spoiler alert: Though I had some minor issues with both of them which stem from personal preferences rather than technological shortcomings, both machines are top notch laptops well worth the price.

But I digress. What I wanted to mention here was that during the course of putting these laptops through their paces, I used Linux Mint, Fedora and, of course, CrunchBang. As far as the latter is concerned, CrunchBang soared on these laptops, and it’s quite heartening to see CrunchBang perform so well on brand new hardware (as opposed to the old hardware I’m used to using on a regular basis).

Looking at the disparity of hardware on which I use CrunchBang this particular week — the IBM ThinkPad T30 that accompanies me everywhere to these newer ZaReason laptops — it never fails to astound me that the range of hardware on which CrunchBang works is wide, and this flexibility is a testament to the great versatility that CrunchBang offers.

I will suggest to ZaReason that they include CrunchBang in their roster of distro options to be installed upon purchase. As it stands now, the options are Linux Mint, various ‘buntus, Fedora, “Tell us what you want,” or no distro installed.

(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started developing software at Redwood Digital Research, a consultancy that provides FOSS solutions in the small business and home office environment.)

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