[colug-432] PATH: Ubuntu v Centos
Thomas W. cranston
cranston.thomas at gmail.com
Fri Jan 28 17:26:05 EST 2011
On 01/28/2011 04:02 PM, Angelo McComis wrote:
> Lots of funny stuff w/Ubuntu. Main reason I use Ubuntu is that it will
> run the Broadcom wireless out of the box on my Dell Inspiron 1520
> laptop. I found .dll's, wrappers, and etc while looking at the innerds
> with less. Will change to another OS after I have a better
> of the Linux Command Line.
> This is funny, as that's the exact reason I don't run Ubuntu... it
> doesn't like the built-in wireless card on my Dell D620, which uses
> the "b43" driver. It does, however have enough smarts to tell you so
> and where to go get the right driver, how to build it for the kernel, etc.
> But one day it prompted me to run the updater, and after it rebooted
> on to the new kernel, it no longer was active on the wireless network.
> I needed to rebuild the b43 driver against the new kernel. That slowed
> me down for a little bit. Fortunately it happened while I was docked,
> because I hadn't kept the source for the driver that time and needed
> to go find it again.
> Then a few weeks later, it wanted to run the updater again, and after
> it rebooted, it no longer liked my display. At all. Built in Intel
> M915 graphics is hardly something I would call obscure, so the lack of
> support (or losing it due to lack of proper regression testing) is
> pretty unforgivable.
> In the end, I reformatted and went with openSuSE 11.3 on that box.
> Everything works out of the box, and updates have caused zero pain.
> I'm also ok with Fedora too, but I already had a running Fedora 14
> instance, so this box was going to be Ubuntu. Maybe next time.
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I have not updated to the newest version of Ubuntu for the reasons you
stated. It would be good to have an extra HDD to Load a newer version
on just to see what works and what doesn't. I am not good enough on the
command line yet to deal w/ compiling, etc. That D620 is a really robust
laptop. I would rather have one than the Inspiron 1520.
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