Main forum didn't help...*nix on laptop...

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  1. copeland

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    • Optional WXGA+ Ultra Brightview or WSXGA+ (1680 x 1050) Brightview display.
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    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce Go 7600 discrete graphics with 256MB dedicated DDR2 VRAM
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    This has been a long time coming (2 years of browsing)

    Man does Vista seem to blow...it's just sooo damn different and with all the shit running (AERO, HP's bullshit etc.) it just feels like it's ready to get bogged down with processes.

    So, I was thinking of throwing UBUNTU on here, I've been wanting a laptop for mobile work stuff; Private Investigations - reports etc, Photography - editing, and most recently, programming for my new domain and shiznit.

    It was 1100 cdn which was a good enough deal for me.

    Does anyone have expierience with running *nix on laptops?
     
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    In for this as well...although I'd like to try it out without totally getting rid of XP...dual boot perhaps? :dunno:
     
  3. copeland

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    yea I'd be concerned ifI had xp, but I'm just not comfortable with Vista, seems to bloated.
     
  4. conduit

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    install the linux flavour of your choice and dual boot
    i dont really know what you are asking

    and you should not have any hardware driver issues
     
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    apparently booting nix off laptops isn't the same as a home pc due to hardware configurations, I was just wondering about resolving wireless issues and stuff...

    If I were to dual boot, which would be the easiest route?

    C: is 142 gb free space
    D: is 8 gb for "system restore" for HP/Vista shit...
     
  6. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Install Linux.
    Install VMWare.
    Make a virtual hard drive that uses ~1/3 of the available disk space.
    Install Windows on the virtual hard drive.

    Now you can run anything you need to.
     
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    Use the Ubuntu Alternate Install DVD. It isn't as pretty as the normal install disc, but it works with a wider variety of hardware.
     
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    I'm a nix noob, not even sure how it's structure is...I've played with ubuntu but as soon as it gets an error or I have to use the command prompt I'm fucked.
     
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    I have been thorougly disgusted with *nix on laptops. They run hotter, fan is noiser, and battery dies quicker with *nix. I have messed with the power modules till I'm blue in the face. It simply isn't as polished on portables as Windows.
     
  10. deusexaethera

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    No doubt Microsoft has worked hard to make sure it's on the inside track for interfacing with Intel's Centrino power controls. Kubuntu is pretty good, though. They've done a LOT of work to make their control panel understandable to noobs.

    copeland: on that note, you can find almost any snippet of command-prompt code you'd ever need on www.ubuntuforums.org. You're very unlikely to try to do something that nobody else has attempted to do before, so the web is your friend.
     
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    cool man, I was totally expecting a "Then fuck off and die you linux nub." :hsd:
     
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    Intel and some people are working on it.
    http://kerneltrap.org/node/8207
     
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    It's a pretty good bet that the people who told you to GTFO and DIAF don't know a goddamned thing themselves, but were just harassing you because you dropped your guard for an instant.

    There's a reason I stay the hell out of the main forum.

    EDIT: Eh, nevermind, I misread your post. Somehow I thought you said you HAD gotten that response in the main forum.
     
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    which distro do you use? how do you like it?
     
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    did you get it installed? any problems?
     
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    I use Kubuntu (www.kubuntu.org). I prefer the KDE desktop environment to the GNOME desktop environment. Desktop environments in linux are roughly akin to Windows 3.1; they run on top of the command prompt and give you a windowed user interface to interact with the programs running on the machine.
     
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    Oh cool, I tried the regular ubuntu disk, it went a little freaky on my laptop...

    I was going to maybe try, as you said, with the installer disk, but then I found this...

    http://forum.notebookreview.com/showthread.php?t=120228

    how to reinstall vista cleanly on OEM installed laptops...
     
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    When it comes to running *nix on a laptop.. im currently running the latest version of Debian on my oldskewl laptop... using it to fuck around with etc... no problems whatsoever.. however installing the NIC/WiFi card is a bit of a hassle... nothing google wont fix tho :)
     
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    Kubuntu is going to be awesome when CNR is released for it. I'll actually be able to find software I recognize the name of, and install it without getting a graduate degree first.
     
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    CNR?
     
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    click-n-run. It's a piece of shit being pushed by Linspire.
     
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    http://www.cnr.com/

    Never used it, but it looks like usual people will find it handy, and I'm working on something better :)
     
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    You got a better solution?
     

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