A rant on Dell and linux/ubuntu
horned0wl93 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 1 22:37:49 CDT 2009
Pastor JW wrote:
> On Monday 01 June 2009 10:16:45 am ed wrote:
>> Pastor JW wrote:
>>> On Monday 01 June 2009 6:20:13 am Art Alexion wrote:
>>>> Very good point. If I buy a laptop, I want to be sure all of the
>>>> hardware works with Linux. If Dell is selling Linux pre-installed, I
>>>> would be more likely to buy a Dell.
>>>> Otherwise, I'd buy a System 76.
>> What's a "System 76?"
Ouch! With prices like that, I'll stay with Acer as my laptop -- $349
for a 15.1" wide-screen, 1.6GHz AMD 2650e Athlon 64 processor, 2GB RAM,
Atheros wlan and nVidia video (both restricted...).
>>> Except for the nVidia card, it looks like a very fine machine! If Dell
>>> doesn't get a factory installed Ubuntu XPS M1530n available again soon, I
>>> may take a closer look at the Pangolin Performance instead.
>> What's up with nVidia? I have 2 machines (a Dell and an Acer) running
>> Ubuntu over nVidia video cards, and have no problems...
> So far each kernel update has necessitated a re-install of the nVidia drivers
> in order to get any video at all on the machine we have. Usually one has to
> try several in order to find one which works. Which Acer are you using?
The Aspire 5515. Came pre-loaded with Winderz Vista Home Basic, which I
wiped and replaced with Ubuntu 8.10 full install. Couldn't beat the
price, even with the M$ Tax... Also, I've had nothing but good fortune
back-stepping Acers to either XP or Ubuntu from Vista. Acer is very
forthcoming to techs willing to provide after-sales service on their
machines (there aren't many of us!) -- way better than Dell at the moment...
> I originally was looking at one as I wanted an AMD processor. I could never
> find one without Vista so settled for the Dell. I am also assuming since it
> has a nVidia card your Dell is not one of the n series Dells.
Nope. Actually, its an archaic Optiplex GX-110 tower, with an antique
64MB nVidia GeForce TNT2 (PCI!). True, I needed to do a fresh install
of Ubuntu 9.04 from Safe Graphics Mode, but she runs like a top and
serves streaming media locally, and to the rest of the house over both
wired and wireless networks...
> One thing I REALLY liked about the Inspiron 1525n pre-install I bought was LinDVD. I use
> that, Kmail, and Skype several times everyday.
I use DeVeDe to convert and burn DVDs, and it works great. Also free.
Otherwise, since I'm in a Gnome desktop environment (which I love!), I
use Thunderbird/Lightning, Skype and Pidgin, also daily... :)
> Its the name of the laptop model with the performace factors I am after.
> Refer to the page I gave above.
Gotcha. Also see my response above.
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