Jon’s Linux Experiment – Part 1 – The Rig

While I’m a big fan of Linux (and have used distributions on and off since Redhat 4.2), I’ve never run a full-fledged Linux Desktop system. With the aging of my Compaq n800C and the need for a new rig, I have recently taken ownership of a Toshiba Satellite L305 (Not to be confused with my X205 Gaming Rig!). Below are the stats of the new system, which will run Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) and Windows 7 beta (When it’s released to testers, no leaked builds). It shipped with Vista Home Premium, which it ran admirably until I installed Ubuntu!

So I’m off – the first entry in my Desktop Linux Experiment. I’ll be posting a few more rapid-fire here as I discuss a few problems I found on Day 1 (Yesterday) to bring everyone up to speed and hopefully help others in similar situations.

Rig Stats:

CPU: Intel Pentium dual-core T3400 (2.16 GHz)
Screen: 15.4″ WXGA
Memory: 2 GB DDR2
HD: 160 GB

Shared Video, Modem, LAN, WLAN (b/g, Atheros).

Price: $449.99 (On sale last week, this week it has sorta jumped to $549!)

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