Hardy Heron: It just works!

For the first time in my life, I installed Linux on a laptop and every feature worked out of the box: video, sound, wireless network, mouse, keyboard, desktop effects, everything! I am blown away. I’m running Hardy on a Dell D630, and I followed the upgrade path after installing Kubuntu originally with Gutsy (and then got rid of the KDE garbage). Tomorrow I’ll test out docking station and dual monitor support.

It may be time for me to start recommending Ubuntu to family and friends.

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  1. “Tomorrow I’ll test out docking station and dual monitor support.”

    Be prepared to be let down.


    Linux lover and Ubuntu user – Gabe

  2. Well Gabe, you were right. I put my laptop to sleep last night (suspend to RAM), and when I put it on my docking station this morning, it kernel panicked. Oh well, you can’t win them all.

    Later today I’ll try booting up on the docking station and see if I can get two external monitors to work (which does work under WinXP).


  3. Hey Dave, how’d the dual-monitors go? I thought I would quickly click a few buttons and have it running, but hahaha.

    I have an Acer Aspire with Intel Media Accelerator X3100 and can’t find one how-to that will help me.

    Up until this everything else worked pretty fabulous though, I had the same OMG-it-works experience when the install just went smoothly. One other issue is that my manual volume control adjusts both speakers and external mic and creates feedback when I up the volume.

    Other than that, I love Hardy.

  4. Ever since that linux class during my computer degree at college i have used Ubuntu when ever i need a Linux fix.

    I agree, every feature automatically works. The fun part is finding all of the open source versions of expensive software used on Windows and Mac. (c:

    I enjoyed being able to still use command lines to use the OS, and enjoyed customizing the UI 100%. Very cool!

    Start with http://www.ubuntuforums.org