Hello and hardware

Shane Fagan shanepatrickfagan at ubuntu.com
Tue May 24 22:36:45 UTC 2011

Nvidia are pretty much the best out there if you are using the closed source
drivers. Intel contribute to the open source drivers but they are far from


On 24 May 2011 23:27, "Declan McGrath" <declan at weuseopensource.com> wrote:

Hi folks,

Haven't caught up with a lot of ye guys in a while as I've had to curtail my
geek excursions this year. Hope your all keeping well. I have still been
evangelising the word of Ubuntu! And it's actually let me into a wee bit of
a problem on the hardware front.

I have a friend who I'm helping buy a decent ubuntu compatible laptop and
they want to know that Unity 3D, hi def movies and features like that will
work. But basically it's a little depressing that even though I should be
better equipped than your average bear to help make this decision, I'm
really struggling :(

I've tweeted this question recently and Laura kindly pointed me towards the
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UbuntuFriendly programme and from there I ended up
at the http://www.ubuntu.com/certification page which lists a whole bunch of
hardware. This was very useful. The Inspiron 15R caught my eye as it might
be a goer http://www.ubuntu.com/certification/hardware/201010-6645 For the
video chipset it says "Video Intel Corporation Core Processor Integrated
Graphics Controller" was used in the test. Now I am looking at the 15R on
the Dell website and it comes with a Intel HD Graphics 3000. I take that
this is what was used in the Ubuntu certification test, correct? So I
proceed along those lines.

With more researching I came across this very useful thread
http://askubuntu.com/questions/18843/best-graphics-card-for-ubuntu It seems
to say forget about NVIDIA unless you want your laptop to go on fire - stick
with Intel graphics cards.

This thread suggests that some people are having trouble with Intel HD
Graphics 3000 - but just about overcoming it, especially with 11.04 Natty

But then this other thread seems to be quite negative

Am I going the completely wrong way about this? I literally am starting from
the point of wanting to run Ubuntu on a laptop, I have licence to recommend
any reasonably priced laptop to my friend and when they ask me if they can
run Ubuntu graphics well on any candidate I find I cannot say "Yes we can!"

Any help greatly appreciated. I will even buy you two pints the next time I
meet you. Hopefully, that won't be too long!

Keep on hackin,

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