Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 31st Aug 2007 19:36 UTC, submitted by dell/ubuntu laptop review
Hardware, Embedded Systems Starryhope.com has a quick review of one of the Dell Ubuntu laptops, and concludes: "Overall, as a Linux geek, I'm very happy with my decision to get the Inspiron 1420N. The notebook is by far the fastest I've ever used and it's comfortable to work with on a desk or on your lap. The price is reasonable and comes in quite a bit cheaper than a Macbook. Unfortunately, Dell and Canonical have fallen short of releasing a truly great product. With just a little extra work and closer attention to the pre-installed software and drivers, they could be shipping the perfect Linux notebook. The way it is now, I wouldn't recommend this notebook for anyone who's not a seasoned Linux geek." The review is slightly outdated (two weeks old) but interesting nonetheless. In addition, Dell may also pre-install Ubuntu on servers.
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it doesn't work
by jcgf on Fri 31st Aug 2007 21:51 UTC
jcgf
Member since:
2005-11-14

Ubuntu currently has no 3D video driver for the integrated Intel X3100 graphics card.

Even the external monitor port (VGA) does not work!

Unfortunately, without installing any additional software, the computer quit hibernating and suspending correctly after a few days. Trying either of these functions completely freezes the OS and forces you to hard reboot the notebook.


I see why it's cheaper than a Macbook.

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RE: it doesn't work
by hobgoblin on Sat 1st Sep 2007 04:28 in reply to "it doesn't work"
hobgoblin Member since:
2005-07-06

i suspect its a hard to find acpi bug in the bios.

as in, you can send the commands for suspending x times, but x+1 makes the acpi support go belly up for some reason.

i can see why linus hated it.

sure its nice to have the os take more control of the shut down and power up of devices, but when it leads to every chipset having its own variant thats every so slightly incompatible with the next, its a game of wack-a-mole.

iirc, with apm it was a case of sending one signal to the bios, and sit back while it does the job.

given this level of mess with acpi, i dont want to know what kind of silliness we can expect if something like EFI takes of (so far its only apple that use it, thank god).

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RE[2]: it doesn't work
by kaiwai on Sat 1st Sep 2007 05:01 in reply to "RE: it doesn't work"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

given this level of mess with acpi, i dont want to know what kind of silliness we can expect if something like EFI takes of (so far its only apple that use it, thank god).


EFI has pretty much taken off; look around, most computers these days use UEFI and has a bios compatibility layer.

Regarding ACPI; it wouldn't be so bad if firmware was completely opensource so that theere was a common reference base of which everything could be derived from rather than relying on individual vendors to implement it - and cause variations in the implementations of it.

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