When the Dell Mini 9 was first announced I knew this was the next machine I wanted for my personal use. I have a work laptop, a Dell Latitude D830 with 4 Gigs of RAM that I must keep in a working state. I use VM a ton on it to test the different builds of Intrepid and work on other projects for work. However this machine must work day in and day out and I must be able to use various programs such as One Note, Outllook, Visio, MS SQL Studio Manager that requires me to run Windows. I’ve tried running Linux natively but more times then not have found it silly to fire up a VM just to be able to work.
So I ordered my Dell Mini 9 to give me a second machine to play around with and to hack around on. And let me just say I love it.
I got it last week (due to being gone to a conference when it arrived and noticed right away I didn’t have all 16 gigs that I ordered in my SSD card. So I did some exploring and found a couple of blogs about the mini not being formatted correctly. And so I started looking for a solution to that….
I downloaded the beta release for Kubuntu 8.10 and booted up via a Live USB drive. The only concern in the LIveCD was the application launcher does not scale very well. In fact there are several applications that do not scale down to the 1000 x 600 resolution the mini 9 has. Having desktop effects out of the box is pretty awesome.
One problem I do have is that suspend/hibernate does not work if I just close the lid, I hafve to use the power manager applet in order to suspend/hibernate. Everything else works. any ideas on how to get that setup would be greatly appreciated
The other question, is there a better kernel for the Atom processor then the standard Kubuntu/Ubuntu kernel? Should I download a different package or something?
The one thing I do miss is that in the Dell load of the Mini, the Windows key set applications to full screen, how do I do that in Kubuntu?
Anyways great job Dell Dudes!!!! I get all these crazy looks when I pull it out in the airport or take it to lunch with me. And I get to show them it runs Linux. Another win