Hey folks, sorry it’s been a while I’ve been really busy and also not very well lately. I’ll spare you the details. Anyway, I’m running Wolvix 1.1.0 at the moment and I intend to write up review over the weekend or maybe early next week, apologies for the delay.
I’ve finally got some news regarding my new Dell XPS M1330 laptop. I received my machine last Friday but I was away and only had a chance to look at it on Tuesday. It came with Ubuntu 7.10 installed which was great and I’ve since seen that you can now order these machines with Ubuntu from the Dell website in Europe. It’s a great breakthrough I think, they look great and they’re ultra portable but still powerful enough for almost any task. I really think it could really be a MacBook killer 🙂
Having said that I decided that I’d ordered the wrong spec for mine and I’ve sent it back while I wait for another new(new) one. I’m an idiot I know, I decided to save some money by using the regular screen instead of the WLED one and I also left the Nvidia graphics card out in favour of the on board Intel, which I realised was a mistake. My reasoning was that I wanted to use open source drivers if possible and I thought the Intel card had open source 3D drivers, I only really want to use Compiz as I’m not a gamer but it seems the new X3100 chip set has been blacklisted in Gutsy for some reason. Apparently it worked up until the 5th beta release and then it was removed, I’m not sure why. It would only work with the VESA driver and getting the right resolution was a pain as well. I found a work around in the Ubuntu forums but it seems this disables video playback, not very helpful.
So I decided to stump up the extra £100 as it will be better in the long run. I also upgraded the screen for the thinner White LED one. I’m not sure how long the new machine will take to arrive but the old one was collected today and Dell were very helpful I must say. I’ve heard nightmare stories about their customer service but I can’t fault them on this experience. Let’s hope there will be a lot more m1330’s loaded with Ubuntu around now that Dell have made this move. I would certainly recommend them to anyone, just don’t be an idiot like me and go for the highest spec, if not you’ll always regret it. I’ll give a full review when I get the new machine and let you all know how it works out.
I’ll see you soon for another review, health permitting, thanks for your patience everyone 🙂