Dell Inspiron Duo Tablet Notebook Running Ubuntu (with Ubermix)

The video shows how cool Dell Inspiron Duo is when running Ubuntu.

This particular demo uses Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) with Ubermix customization, which contains a collection of application suitable for netbook users.

Ubermix can be downloaded from its official website, please check the Netbook/table model specific instructions for proper installations.

Supported Netbooks

  • Dell Inspiron DUO iD-4495FNT Laptop
  • ASUS EEEPC 900 BK090XNetbooks)
  • ASUS Eee PC 1015PX
  • Dell Inspiron Mini 1018

    Simmbook – an affordable $190 Business Netbook, with Ubuntu !

    Behold! Simmtronics has launched its latest product, the Simmbook which is a netbook, priced at $190 only! The netbook is geared towards business users as it includes IBM Lotus Symphony, SmartWork client suite and various other IBM cloud-based services. The Netbook specs 10-inch display, Atom N270 processor, 1GB of RAM, three-cell battery, and a 160GB hard drive.

    Best of all, it comes with Ubuntu pre-installed.

    How to disable touchpad in Ubuntu Netbook Remix

    Here’s how to temporarily disable the touchpad control on Ubuntu Netbook Remix for those who were always accidently ‘clicked’ or ‘touched’ the touchpad while typing long sentences.

    Disabling Touchpad

    • Go to the Ubuntu Netbook Remix main screen
    • Select ‘Preference’, then ‘Mouse’
    How to disable touchpad

    Untick the touchpad checkbox. The touchpad would be disabled until you you change the option back.

    Linux Laptop Hardware Compatibility List

    If you are a serious Linux user, probably the first thing that come across your mind when shopping for a laptop is how compatible it is with GNU/Linux operating system.

    Fortunately sites like The Linux Laptop Wiki, Ubuntu Linux Hardware Support and Mandriva Hardware Database provides a good starting point to find out about your laptop hardware compatibility with Linux.

    As for my personal experience, I find out most hardware incompatibility ranges from unsupported 56k softmodem driver to unsupported hard-disk controller which i consider as the worse case scenario.

    So please bear this in mind that not all laptop are 100% compatible with Linux. Do ask around, and check for its compatibility status before you finally made a decision to purchase a new laptop.

    How to save laptop battery when using Ubuntu Linux

    When you are working outside with your laptop, the most important thing that you might consider is to maximize your battery lifetime. This is true especially when you are working on location where AC power is not readily available.

    Laptop mypapit

    Typical laptop might last from 1.5 hour to 3 hours of normal use. So you might want to squeeze out all the battery juice and put it to good use.

    Here are a few tips that I got from surfing the internet to save battery life when you are using Ubuntu (or GNU Linux OS in general) :

    B43 broadcom linux driver supported chipset

    Supported chipset for b43 Broadcom Linux drivers are :

    • bcm4303 (802.11b-only chips)
    • bcm4306
    • bcm4311 rev 2 / bcm4312 (needs patches for 2.6.24)
    • bcm4309 (only the 2.4GHz part)
    • bcm4318

    and unsupported are:

    • BCM 4309 and BCM 4312 is not supported.
    • BCM 4328/4329

    Please refer to this post, Ubuntu Hardy Heron : Wifi Broadcom Support with b43 driver for a guide to activate B43 Linux driver in order to use wifi function in your laptop.

    Source : Ubuntu: Enabling Broadcom BCM43xx Based Wireless