Linux newbies have probably heard a lot about Ubuntu, but it isn’t the only Linux distribution. In fact, Ubuntu’s standard Unity desktop is still controversial among long-time Linux users today.
Many Linux users prefer a more traditional desktop interface, and Linux Mint offers that. As Ubuntu focuses more on Ubuntu for phones, Linux Mint may be an even clearer choice in the future.
No, Ubuntu isn’t terrible. Some people prefer Ubuntu’s Unity desktop and love it. But you’ll probably have an easier time getting to grips with Linux Mint instead of Ubuntu.
This is my first post ever, so bear with me please. This is my first hand experience with running linux on my brand new XPS 13. I got the $1299 base model which includes the i5, 128GB SSD, and the QHD touch display.
This is a basic overview of the state of running on linux including mission critical things (Sound, Wifi, etc.), but ignoring display scaling etc.
The first distribution I tried to run was Manjaro Gnome edition (generally very good out of the box support). There was no sound, wireless wasn't working (to be expected with broadcom), and the touchpad was really wonky. Clicks only register half the time, and when they do it seems as if both right and left clicks are fighting each other.
Then I moved onto Ubuntu. Same issues, but the trackpad seemed better. I noticed that Ubuntu is unable to boot on UEFI even with Secure boot disabled.
Under fedora the trackpad worked...better with clicks actually registering, but there was still no sound and wireless is still a pain to get working.
Thinking that maybe the hardware was just too new (I know it is), I installed Arch via Antergos. The Trackpad is okay but still jumps, freezes, and messes up some times. There's still no sound (configuration with ALSAmixer only shows Intel HDMI).
*The touchscreen worked flawlessly on all distributions tested, and is really the only source of reliable input on this machine at the current time.
The point of this thread: If you're going to buy an XPS 13 with the sole intent of running Linux, wait. I hope the improvements found in the 3.19 kernel apply to this laptop as I just have a very expensive paper weight in it's current working state.submitted by n30p1r4t3
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ServerWatch: 2014 was a big year for virtualization vendor VMware, but CEO Pat Gelsinger is not going to let his company rest on its laurels anytime soon.
Gobs of new open source projects are released every year, but only a few really capture the imaginations of businesses and developers.
Open source software management company Black Duck tries to spot these, measuring which projects attract the most contributors, produce the most code, and garner the most attention from the developer world at large.
There once was a time when video editing on Linux was an elusive beast.
Well, that's not exactly true. Professional-level video editing on Linux has been solid and mature for many years now, with the likes of Lightworks, Cinelerra and Blender. But the "hobbyist" video editor market just wasn't very well-served. There were video editors out there… but they were often buggy and lacking in critical features.
Going along with many DRM graphics driver improvements for Linux 3.20 is the seemingly never-ending work on atomic mode-setting.
Atomic mode-setting/display support has been talked about for years but is finally nearing a reality within the mainline Linux kernel with drivers like the Tegra DRM driver adding initial support.
With Linux 3.20 there's the actual Linux DRM Atomic IOCTL and along with other changes means that Linux user-space can start accessing the atomic support, albeit it's hidden for now behind the experimental drm-atomic=1 flag.