Tonight I installed Chromium and Ubuntu Netbook Remix on a free USB I had laying around. I have to admit, still nothing that would really take me away from Windows 7 right now. But, I still wait for an OS, for my PC, that will get me on an open platform.
So, if you looked around my blog, you would probably read a lot about Ubuntu and my Dell Mini 9. Well, the other day a very small part of wireing in the power-switch “fried.” Yeah, fried; it’s complicated so you will have to just live with “fried.”
So, I had to get a new computer. All-in-all I really loved my Dell Mini 9. The screen was a little small, it had a very small hard-drive (8gb), but otherwise it was a nice little computer to me. So, I opted for another Netbook. Sure beats forking up $999 for some other computer. I had heard about the Acer Aspire One and even Googled it before I went out and bought one. Seemed to work just as well with Ubuntu. (It came with Windows 7, but I gave it away.)
So, I’ve been putting it to the test so far. I installed Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic with ease, no problems there. In fact, everything worked out of the box: sound, wireless (I remember the days when this was impossible), even video effects, YouTube, Hulu, full screen graphics, etc. There has been a couple of annoyances though: the webcam is out of sync with audio when using Cheese and the touchpad is really picky. Yeah, picky. I like using the tap and the button is very course (I got a blister on my thumb). The tap picks up taps badly. (But, it works!).
The bigger screen is a total plus, 10 inches versus 8 inches with the Dell Mini 9. Same resolution, but just bigger. Also, that means a full-sized keyboard too. The backspace key took a little getting-used-to, but I think I got it down. And, as I mentioned above the video-card seems to be a bit more hefty as it plays YouTube and Hulu just fine. The 160gb hard-drive has probably been the best upgrade. If everything else is mediocre-ly the same, then it was worth it just for the added space. Anyone who has had an 8gb hard-drive will tell you how annoying it is. Oh!, and I almost forgot to mention: the multi-card reader doesn’t work. That was a little lame actually.
So there is my day two review. I think I will get some things settled, like the card-reader, (not too sure about the webcam until I use Skype). I’ve been trying not to get too caught up fixing things right now. I’m on Spring Break and who wants to waste it with headaches caused by Linux (yeah, you know what I mean)? I will just fix and work things out in time.
Sorry, I would have included pictures, but I don’t have a camera with me at the moment; next time! But, I got the silver one!
So, I decided to install Ubuntu 9.04 NR after starting my semester as a Computer Science Major, main reason, gcc. Plus, the Linux itch was getting to me, thought I’d give it a try again, give it another go.
But, right away, Ubuntu was running fine, of course with some of the usual drop in experience from XP: slow video, slow Firefox, etc. Even thought I still feel bad for grandma and still have no hope of her enjoying the Linux experience, I found a few tweaks to help:
But, other than that, Ubuntu is still not quite running well enough to give it even a B+, you get a C+. As we speak last.fm in Rhythmbox is skipping once in a while! But, that’s not what this post is about.
This is about when you close your lid on your Dell Mini 9, nothing comes up when you open it up except a cursor. After thinking for just a few hours, I figured it out, if you have an SD card in the slot, and sleep it, you are going to keep getting that. So, now, you have to remove the SD card before suspending the computer! Annoying, still wondering why I let the Linux itch get to me (as Last.fm keeps skipping and typing is freaking out, writing this post).
Fixed: I had recently tried installing Ubuntu UNR on the SD card and had not formatted it since. After formatting the card (FAT16), it sleeps! Check out http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=208980 on how to format your card.