Having recieved my new mini 12, I have to say that I am slightly dissapointed with it.
I bought it for college, needing a laptop to do word processing on, but not having a huge budget, I decided that it's small size, and decent cost would be perfect, and those two things are... It's just a few other little things that are letting the whole experience down.
I decided to go for the base package. Mostly due to cost...Maybe that was a mistake, maybe the slightly faster processor could have helped, who knows. I went for ubuntu because I far prefer it as an operating system to windows. I've used ubuntu for well over a year now, so I'm very familiar with it. The Dell implementation of ubuntu is pretty shocking. The repos haven't been updated in months, and I'm sure are going to to missing some very important updates. And Dells implementation of a custom graphics driver is also annoying, I had planned to upgrade to 8.10 the day I received the machine... But, apparantly I can't...
Also I am experiencing frequent lock ups. The entire machine completely locks, and all I can do is turn it off, then back on again. I do not run a lot of applications on it. Azureus, Conky, Firefox, Thunderbird, Pidgin, Twitux, Open Office. And never all of them at the same time... I have read that 9.04 will be pretty compatible with the mini 12, and one of the later alphas fixed the lock up issue. So when it's released at the end of the month, I'm going to get myself a removable hdd and an external DVD drive and have a go with it. Even if the graphics driver isn't 100% it will be entirely forgivable if it means fixing the lockups.
The system is sluggish, which I'm not surprised by. But as Dell use a custom version of ubuntu for their architecture, I would think it would be less so.
Also... The touchpad is not multi touch, which is annoying. And plugging in a headphone jack doesn't turn off the speaker, which is VERY annoying. Though I expect the headphones thing could be something to do with ubuntu, and maybe I need to have a play.
There are things I do like though. I think the feel of the touchpad it great. The system looks fantanstic. The battery life is awesome, and the quality of the wifi is good too. The system is nice to use, when it works.
Over all, I like the system, I'm just not happy with it. Hopefully, 9.04 will fix a lot of the problems.