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AMD64,Radeon, broadcom all in one laptop

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Ubuntu recently came out with Ubuntu Studio. Ubuntu was one of those distros that could run on a Turion. If Ubuntu can work on this, Bodhi cannot be far behind. The Broadcom wireless can be overcome, as can be gleaned from our own forums. The Radeon was giving the black screen on boot issue; this was not going to be easy. But I checked to see what should work on this Turion chip: Ubuntu, SLAMD64 (A Slackware spinoff), Manjaro, etc.

 

But TAILS turned out ready to run with both the wifi and the Radeon graphics, out-of-the-box. If I weren't looking for other laptops--a friend needed to run special auto diagnostics with this gadget, I would just nuke the existing OS and install these distros. It's a play-it-by-ear thing.

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Tails, the distro that assures anonymity online, only needed a boot parameter load=broadcom-sta, for the wireless to be detected, and barely registered a hiccup with the Radeon. For these quick sessions, all I would need is the USB stick and the Tor browser it comes with; the other, regular browser ( it's called unsafe browser) can be used for regular surfing, but they advise against using it over the Tor browser. If you wish to find out more, their social contract outlining their mission has just been published on the home page.

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