[LAU] Laptops for firewire based pro-audio on linux

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To: linux-audio-user <linux-audio-user@...>
Date: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 - 8:20 am

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Looking for A laptop that will perform well under linux.
Requirements...
* Must have graphics fast enough to run Unigine (my day job). Prefer
nVidia (higher quality drivers, easier to move systems between my
workstations and laptop)...
* Must be able to do low latency audio via firewire (I have a Presonus
firebox, a Presonus fp8 and a TI based firewire express card)
* Preferably has eSata

My discoveries thus far...
There are specialist audio dealers that have custom built laptops for 2k
to 2.5k even some in Australia.
Apple Mac Book pro seems to be the front runner in terms of off the
shelf performance but - Need to check out the firewire chipset before
purchase and it doesn't look like eSata is available
Dell would otherwise be interesting but tends to use the Ricoh chipset
for firewire which is concidered to have poor performance - is there
anybody here using one of these?
Lenovo -- lots of models that at least have an express card slot... Which
models have people got that work ok with a firewire express card?
System76 some interesting possibilities talked to one of there guys, said
they may take on my suggestion of providing a laptop with descent firewire.

everybody else
Either no firewire or problematic firewire chipsets, No express card
slot. No real market differenciation.

Other suggestions?

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at least have an express card slot... Which models have people got that wo=
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[LAU] Laptops for firewire based pro-audio on linux, Danni Coy, (Wed Feb 1, 8:20 am)
Re: [LAU] Laptops for firewire based pro-audio on linux, Clemens Ladisch, (Wed Feb 1, 9:33 am)