понедельник, 2 августа 2010 г.

HP Mini and Ubuntu

Last weekend I purchased HP Mini 210 netbook.
I really like the model, and recommend it to anyone.
Small size, good design and really great keyboard.

It cost me around 320$ with preinstalled slow running windows xp sp3.
For a long time, I wanted to test Linux OS (My debian server does not count:), so before buying the netbook, I decided to install some linux distribution on it.

My first try was Kubuntu Netbook Edition. But nothing good came from it.
It appeared to be slow for my netbook hardware. Especially when I tried to customize my panel with some widgets. Some random crashes. Well apparently something was not right.

So today I installed Ubuntu Desktop Edition, and was really fascinated with it.
It automatically installed all the drivers, except for wireless adapter.
But there was no problem to fix it. Ubuntu will find everything it need from the web.

I was surprised with the way I could customize menus and shortcuts.
I have assigned a dozen of shortcuts on combination of 'windows' button + other key.
Since the key is there, why shouldn't it be utilized? :)

Right now everything runs smooth. Let's see what will happen next.
I should also note that the installation process was really easy.
Even with windows dual-booting (in case I need to run some windows apps, I will)

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