[ubuntu-uk] WTB: Ubuntu Laptop

Louisa Parry louisa at louisaparry.co.uk
Thu Aug 21 14:32:34 BST 2008

On Thu, 2008-08-21 at 12:18 +0100, Jai Harrison wrote:
> I have looked at what Dell has to offer in the UK but they currently
> offer only 1 laptop in the UK (the XPS M1330 (UBUNTU)).
> What I'm after is a decent laptop with Ubuntu pre-installed and full
> hardware support (no non-working SD card readers, Wireless, etc.)
> Please, fire your suggestions and experience in this to me.

I got a pre-installed XPS M1330 (with extra memory and a six cell
battery) in June and have been more than happy with it.

Wireless uses binary drivers but Just Worked - once I'd realised I had
to turn it on at the physical switch on the side... ;)  SD card reader
works and the touch-sensitive media buttons work too.

The only problems I've really had are, surprise surprise, suspend/resume
stuff.  Network manager crashes about 1 in 10 suspend/resumes, and the
whole thing either hangs going into suspend or coming out of it about 1
in 30 times.  Have to reboot in both situations but that's pretty fast.

(I stuck with the pre-installed Gutsy because I had personal UI issues
with Hardy when I tried it on another laptop - think these issues may be
fixed with Hardy or with tinkering.)

My favourite thing about it though is how thin & light it is compared to
the other (desktop-replacement) laptops I was looking at in that price
range.  It's not going to float away on a breeze but it's considerably
more slim-lined than most Dells I've seen and I can carry it around all
day, which is more than can be said for the last piece of cr*p Sony I
used before.

Ubuntu wiki page about it:

-louisa :)

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