I’ve been saying for a few years that the next computer I get is going to be running Linux as the primary OS. Well, now I’ve done it: I got a new work laptop (Dell Latitude D820) and decided to put Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper Drake) on it.
The initial experience was much better than I expected; all the stuff that used to give me trouble before just worked: wireless, screen resolution and sound.
After using it for several days as the main computer now, and testing all kinds of things and peripherals, the picture is no longer so rosy. I can still get work done, but there are some major annoyances. The biggest one is probably the flaky hibernate-suspend support.
I practically never rebooted my Windows XP laptop (well, at least once a month when new security patches came out). But on this box suspend and hibernate fail so often that I am forced to do hard reboot just about daily, sometimes several times a day. And when suspend or hibernate “works”, some things break: occasionally sound stops working completely until reboot, usually wireless stops working until I twiddle with the settings – sometimes a reboot is required.
Another headache is that Fn+CRT/LCD does not work. This means that if I want to give a presentation or hook into external monitor I have to usually edit xorg.conf by hand and at a minimum restart X.
I am still going to continue using Ubuntu on this computer. I love how fast everything is, and don’t exactly want the Windows experience where everything degrades in performance over time. Using Linux also gives a nice feeling
You can read about my Ubuntu experiences here.