[clug] Linux Laptop Followup
u2552331 at anu.edu.au
Thu Feb 28 11:34:26 GMT 2008
Well, I went out and bought a HP Pavilion dv6000 to replace the one
which was nicked. Came with Vista- but I promptly blew that away and
threw on Gutsy install CD. I expected heaps of hardware problems because
it was a new laptop, but... colour me *extremely* impressed.
*Everything* worked out of the box, without any configuration at all,
aside from enabling non-free drivers on the wireless card and nvidia card.
- Nvidia integrated graphics accelerator (non free drivers required for
- Wireless (non free drivers required)
- Integrated webcam (free driver! This shocked me)
- Infrared remote controller (also free driver! I'd dismissed it out of
hand because it was so obscure, but it works perfectly)
- Volume control/program launch buttons launch their linux equivalents
(The Play DVD button launches Rythembox, for instance) and work properly
(adjust sound, screen brightness, etc)
- Sound (had to enable gutsy backports, but once I'd done that it worked
- Widescreen with correct, best resolution
- Card reader
- DVD-+ burner (I haven't tested Lightscribe yet)
- SMP support (for dual core duo)
In short: everything hardware-wise worked perfectly. Which really made
Software wise, I threw on Wine to run all the applications I ran in
Windows (including games like Call of Duty). It ran everything
flawlessly, with no configuration, and with the speed and behaviour I
expected from a Windows box. In almost every case I couldn't tell the
difference between Wine and Windows XP. One or two applications used
different fonts in places, but absolutely nothing I couldn't get used
to. Bottom line: Everything I threw at it worked in either Dosbox or
Wine and often (in the case of Dosbox) better than in Windows XP.
Bonus: Ubuntu updates are free and at ethernet speeds if you're on ANU
campus, using mirror.linux.org.au. Awesomesness!
Very, very impressed.
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