[svlug] Fedora or Ubuntu for novis
aland at softorchestra.com
Fri Sep 12 01:34:49 PDT 2008
On Fri, 12 Sep 2008, Luke S Crawford wrote:
> Huh. I had the opposite experience with a recent install of a Via
> NanoBook (the Everex Cloudbook)
Yeah, but this is a specialized piece of hardware.
I've installed Debian to several pieces of common hardware, like
a Toshiba M2 (nvidia), and a Acer Ferrari (ati), both worked
fine, as did a workstation (nvidia).
> The X server didn't have the correct ModeLine (800x480
> screen... debian stretched it to 640x480)
Not sure if you tried Xorg -configure to see if it would have
given you a decent start even if it didn't work. I've seen the
install on some distros and not be able to detect properly, but
doing the -configure will create a new xorg.conf.new in /, and
most times it's good.
If it runs on another distro, it obviously has a good driver.
> the wifi didn't work, and none of the suspend functionality
> worked. I was nosing around on the 'net looking for info on
> how to make suspend-to-ram work, (with a laptop of this size,
> easily the most important problem)
I agree that's important on something like that, but it doesn't
sound like you tired too much, can understand that, but
still...that's no reason to blame Debian without trying to fix
> This was my first experience with Ubuntu (outside of making ubuntu
> Xen images for my VPS customers) and I was very pleased.
That was mine also...like I said, all of our milage varies.
> Out of box I
> got a nice working laptop. really all I had to change was the font size
> in the terminal application. Everything else, suspend to ram, wifi,
> etc... "Just Worked" I could even configure the wireless from the gui
> with no extra effort. In my world, GUIs that work reliably are pretty rare.
I don't find that to be the case these days. Xorg gets it right
most of the time. Again, I don't know what Debian you were
installing, but maybe unstable would have supported it better.
> Of course, I haven't tried to play multimedia on the thing (to
> be truthful, I've not even tried to play music) and the wifi
> sucks pretty badly (it's the hardware, from what I understand,
> the antenna is placed in an unfortunate position) The hard
> drive is like molasses on a cold day, and, of course, I
> haven't even touched the webcam.
Will be curious if you can play most of it, I couldn't when I
> But yeah. I guess it's been a while since I've played with a modern
> desktop-focused distro, so maybe I'm just easily impressed, but I found
> ubuntu to be almost grandma ready.
I would need to run Kubuntu for myself, I would feel naked
without KDE, but I didn't even get that far, it was other stuff
like codecs and such that weren't installed.
Alan DuBoff - Software Orchestration
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