Ubuntu On Inspiron

Well after several days of messing about trying to get drivers for Win2K on my laptop i decided it was time to make it dual boot and get a version of Linux running on it. A couple of years ago I would have dreaded this as it was a nightmare to get the correct drivers for the non-standard components in a laptop, so it was with some trepidation that I put the Ubuntu CD in and rebooted…

However, I am pleased to say the whole operation went exceedingly well!! In a little under an hour the system was completely installed, all necessary updates had been down loaded automatically. The best thing being that ALL of the hardware was picked up correctly including my D-Link Wireless card!!! The display came up no problem in 1600×1200, and it was so much easier and quicker than installing Windows. OK I know the version of Windows I was installing was 5 years old, but the fact it took me 3 days to find the video drivers shows there must be something wrong!!!

Now its all set up all I should ever need Windows for is testing websites in IE and the odd app I might need to run whilst in Cayman until I convert them all to using Linux and OS X that is!!!