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Old 03-22-2007, 01:32 PM   #1
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Question Advice on a Distro for new laptop


Hello,

I just ordered a new notebook computer (found a great deal, don't know if I should give the plug, but anybody can message me for the company). It's an Asus z35f with a Core2Duo, system76 sells a similar model pre-installed with Ubuntu as the Darter.

Generally, I'm a Fedora guy. I run Fedora at work, have played with Mandriva, Debian, Zenwalk, Ubuntu (barely), and Fedora. In general I like Fedora the best. So naturally, I was thinking I'd run Fedora on this instead of Ubuntu.

Then I realized I'm not entirely sure what the advantages are, and how difficult it is to play with Fedora on a notebook. And I'm sure others have had a similar experience and might want to share. So, I thought I'd ask before I got too committed.

Basically what I'm looking for my notebook to do is be able to give presentations, connect wirelessly, and boot up quickly (from suspend or resume or whatever). I know wireless is historically a pain with Linux, but I've been hearing that Ubuntu users get it working pretty flawlessly out of the box. Has anybody installing Fedora 6 on a notebook had a similar experience? Has anybody switched from Fedora to Ubuntu and can give some reasons why? Has anybody got any other advice on another distro that I haven't considered?

Any comments would be fantastic; if this is miscategorized, mods please reprimand me.
 
Old 03-22-2007, 02:49 PM   #2
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http://www.pclinuxos.com

Try it. You'll love it.
 
Old 03-22-2007, 03:21 PM   #3
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I had been a Fedora user in the office and Gentoo user at home for the last several years. I just moved and got a new ASUS Z84JP and put Kubuntu Feisty Fawn on it. I am very happy with the results.

Indeed it worked immediately with the Intel PRO/Wireless 3945. I didn't have to do anything. Heck, the configuration of pretty much everything was almost effortless. It amazed me, having been in Fedora/Gentoo for a while, I missed the recent ease of use enhancements to the Linux desktop!

I believe they're working on some of this stuff in Fedora 7. Personally though, I'm planning to stick to Kubuntu. One reason is that I want to be able to recommend Linux to others and then help them with it. I'm convinced that giving Fedora to a newbie is a huge mistake. Kubuntu is much better in that regard, but it is powerful enough for me as a Linux guy. Almost all the software I expect is there in the repositories, an easy "Adept" GUI install away.

Feisty, even in Herd 5 alpha form, is almost production quality in my opinion. I'm going to wait for the final release to recommend it to others, though.
 
Old 03-22-2007, 03:59 PM   #4
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hello ...,
before my laptop i was working on my desktop with fedora 5 it was great but the package manager (yum) was not efficient enough to satisfied me so when i bought my laptop i was afraid of installing linux on the drivers won't work and i cannot use my wireless or bluetooth but i installed SLED 10 and it was great i done every thing with it and i was soo happy but now i have the best distro every i work on itis ubuntu edgy with a whole punish of software available and every thing works fine i suggest it for you
 
Old 03-22-2007, 04:07 PM   #5
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I pretty much use Slackware as much as possible, but for a notebook, I will strongly add a second recommendation for PCLinuxOS 2007. Its in beta test release 3 right now, but a final will be along before too long. I would recommend downloading the TR3 release and just running it as a live CD to see how you like it, and how it likes your laptop. Its by far the best distribution I've used when it comes to all things laptop related.
 
Old 03-23-2007, 09:02 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by alienux
I pretty much use Slackware as much as possible, but for a notebook, I will strongly add a second recommendation for PCLinuxOS 2007. Its in beta test release 3 right now, but a final will be along before too long. I would recommend downloading the TR3 release and just running it as a live CD to see how you like it, and how it likes your laptop. Its by far the best distribution I've used when it comes to all things laptop related.
Yeah, it got everything working on my IBM T21 but I had to change from ACPI to APM because my computer is so old and crusty.
 
Old 03-23-2007, 11:30 AM   #7
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I've been a Fedora fan in the past, but I've consistently had issues with FC5 and FC6, especially on my laptop. I'm not a bit *buntu fan either, but I wanted a "no-fuss" install where I could get more work done and do less hardware & system configuration.

So I'm throwing in a recommendation for openSUSE 10.2, which not only includes firmware and such for a lot of common wireless cards, but had all the nifty bits about my laptop working out of the box, including the Fn keys, suspend to disk, suspend to ram, cpu scaling, and LCD resolution (for which I typically need to manually set up 915resolution on my system to achieve 1280x800).

I'm generally a CLI-type user, and I'm still getting used to YaST, but I'm quite impressed.
 
Old 03-23-2007, 04:35 PM   #8
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Yes, I DO love it

pclinuxos is the best thing i have used so far.

i am as green as grass with linux and it was smooth.

ku4yp
 
Old 03-23-2007, 04:45 PM   #9
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I tried Ubuntu on mine and it had a Kernel Panic on install. It definitely did not like the dual proc. I downloaded opensuse and it installed and runs fine.

I certainly like how YAST makes getting new programs on my laptop easy... but then again I am a lazy mofo.

Last edited by t1n0m3n; 03-23-2007 at 04:48 PM.
 
Old 03-23-2007, 08:53 PM   #10
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PCLinuxOS wasn't on my radar, but I'm definitely adding it. I played with Mandriva some before settling on Fedora, and it was OK but a little cutesy. Guess I'm worried that anything based on it will be too... I do like KDE, but I'm not in love with the Windows aesthetics. Guess everything's ultimately tweakable... I'll give it a try. And maybe I'll try out Kubuntu Feisty before I plunge into Fedora...
 
  


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