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IDKwutName IDKwutName is offline
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Default Changing OS - 06-23-2009, 11:26 PM

right now, i am fet up of windows 7 on my dell mini 10. So i want to change my OS, but i dont know which one to go with, i was hoping for ubuntu 9.04 but apparently the graphics drivers dont work.

So im down to these:

Fedora 11
Ubuntu 8.04
Stay with Windows 7
Windows XP
Windows Vista (Sarcasm)

Can someone help me decide?

Note: If you have any suggestions for another OS, please reply.
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Default 06-24-2009, 02:15 AM

Apparently the drivers for the GMA500 suck for both XP and linux, so it's kind of a wash there.
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Default Vista - 07-03-2009, 03:53 PM

Actually I have Vista Basic running on my Mini 10 for 2 mos. now and it runs good, tried windows 7 for a while, still too many glitches, it was a bit better after I installed the new video driver. But Vista runs fine, no problems.
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Default 07-04-2009, 04:20 AM

While I've only had my mini for about two weeks, I ended up installing Win7 RC on it about 5 days ago. I don't see what there is to complain about. It runs just as fast as or at least very close to Windows XP and has many of the benefits of Windows Vista (better security, built-in indexed search, better organization). The battery life seems pretty good as well. With the "new" Intel GMA500 driver, aero graphics can actually run surprisingly well.

Keep in mind that all I really do on this thing is listen to music, open about two or three tabs and write the occational e-mail and/or letter in Microsoft Word. (which is what netbooks intended purposes are anyways.)

I might put XP back on here; but considering how MS is offering $49 currently for their W7 promotion - I might just stick with this release candidate and upgrade when the time comes.

The only thing that does suck is that I can't stretch the display to 1024x768; which isn't that big of a deal; but was a nice option to have.
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Default 07-04-2009, 09:48 AM

I'm using Ubuntu 9.04 with current Poulsbo/GMA500 driver. All is working fine at full native resolution of 1366x768 (even terminals are using FB), but there is still some issues :
- no 3D support yet,
- laggy video play (I haven't tried the poulsbo-optimized MPlayer).

I hope this will be corrected soon, but Jaunty is already usable
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Default 07-04-2009, 02:50 PM

From everything I've read about it, I'd say avoid Linux until they get the GMA500 drivers working well. Goodness only knows how long that could take, though if I remember correctly a recent kernel build might drive it properly. Not sure though, just from reading around the Fedora Forums, and surfing/searching have seen that at the moment GMA500 is getting no love in the land of Linux.

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Default 07-05-2009, 03:12 AM

If your not planning on using a lot of the graphics capability I see no reason to avoid linux. IMHO, there are plenty of better reasons to avoid XP.
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Default 07-05-2009, 04:44 AM

I've been quite content with XP. The only reason I could see upgrading to Win 7 would be drivers. They haven't created anything worth getting excited about just yet though. Hopefully there'll be a reason to upgrade in the future =)

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Default 08-15-2009, 04:30 AM

The new GMA500/poulsbo drivers seem to be working well including good video playback (720p was smooth, still to check 1080p as need to install the new VA-API mplayer which has been referenced in the Fedora forums)

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