I’ve wanted to say this for many months now. I am writing this post on a laptop thats now only running open source software!
It has been a game, and I’m not quite fully there yet, but I’m now running the following:
- HP nx6125 laptop
- Ubuntu 7.04 Fesity Fawn
- Open Office
- Evolution email (interim until I move permanently to Zimbra in the next 2 weeks.)
To recount some of the problems I’ve had in the past week whilst migrating :
- I had to buy a copy of Norton partition magic to create new partions on my drive for the linux swap and OS
- let the automatic ubbuntu instalation package make the new partitions, if you do them manually the GRUB dual boot loader dosnt work (or it didnt for me as there was no “make bootable button”)
- On first instalation I couldn’t get the wifi working, but cracked that this morning by reading the ubuntu forums
- I had to learn how to export firefox bookmarks and resetup my firefox profile , plugins and settings
- Setting up realplayer, or any software toview streaming video from the bbc website was a pain, but evenually got that going.
- I didnt know that linux can’t read ntfs file systems, unless you install the appropriate package from the ubuntu universe. neadless to say, it works perfectly.
- the forward and back microsoft optical mouse browser buttons dosn’t work, but worked using this tutorial
Lots of stuff works well that I was expecting problems with. .. battery managment, soundcards, skype, ethernet, SD card reader, CD reader, keyboard etc.
Outstanding issues are:
- I havent tried the CD burner yet, but I dont use that very often at all.
- bluetooth not tried yet.
Am very pleased and releived so far!