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September 1, 2006

Some changes in my life

Filed under: Uncategorized — ubuntudemon @ 5:44 pm

I’m a bit busy these days and there are some changes happening in my life currently.

  1. I’m going to live together with my girlfriend! 😀
  2. I’m going to start on a master of science in Artificial Intelligence in the town where my girlfriend lives (let’s hope all the paperwork works out but I see no problems). I hope to get my masters degree in about a year from now :D.
  3. Point 1 and 2 mean that I will spend a little bit less time on ubuntuforums from now on :(.
  4. I’m going to need a laptop to be able to work for my study and also to be able to work on it when I’m in my home town where I lived until now (at my mums). I have started threads on both the ubuntuforums and the dutch ubuntu forum because I haven’t bought a laptop for Ubuntu before. I’m willing to spend 1200 euros to find a nice one. But since this is a LOT of money for me I need some input/feedback/help. I want a small laptop with good performance and battery life which needs to run Ubuntu perfectly since I don’t want to use a proprietary OS on it. You can find more of my wishes/requirements in the forum threads. help wanted and very much appreciated
  5. I won’t feed all of my blogposts to planet.ubuntu.com anymore. I’m going to create a seperate planet feed for my blog. If you want to read more personal stories, general Linux stuff and other things which interest me then you need to go to my blog or subscribe to this feed.

the forum thread about this blog post



  1. girls > ubuntu

    Until she kicks you to the couch..at least you’ll have your Ubuntu laptop.

    Good luck with everything.

    Comment by John Little — September 1, 2006 @ 6:31 pm

  2. Well, when I started with Canonical in July I needed a new computer. I took the dapper CD to all of the computer stores in town and tried it to see what worked. Prior to that I had a company assigned Dell Inspiron 9400 (17″ screen) so I figured I’d have to live with a 15.4″. In hindsight, 15.4″ is nice, but very big if you want portability. If you are going to be at your desk less than 95% of the time, get a 14.1 or 13.3″ screen.

    That being said, I have the Toshiba Satelite A105-S4014 and spent about $1200 USD. Dual core, 1GB Ram, 120GB HDD. The screen is *beautiful* and all the hardware works except the sd card reader, which will start working with edgy. I get around 3 hours of battery life with the standard battery (without dimming the screen) and there’s actually two options for batteries with 50% more and 100% more capacity.

    Comment by Matthew Nuzum — September 1, 2006 @ 7:05 pm

  3. I recently bought a HP Pavilion dv4450ea for £599GBP, which works really well with Dapper. 1GB RAM, Pentium-M, 100GB HDD, Intel graphics/wireless, fantastic 15.4″ widescreen etc. Pretty much everything worked straight out of the box.

    In fact, most HP laptops I’ve tried Ubuntu on have worked very well. There’s always ‘the list’ though:


    Comment by Phil Bull — September 1, 2006 @ 8:51 pm

  4. Thanks for all the support/tips guys!

    Comment by ubuntudemon — September 1, 2006 @ 11:45 pm

  5. get a ibm x40 – nice laptop, no cd/dvd though.

    works perfectly with dapper (except SDCard)

    Comment by duncan — September 2, 2006 @ 3:54 pm

  6. [OT]

    Hello ubuntu_demon

    I have read your post on the forums:
    my recommended Dapper sources.list

    Just one note on this.
    I do not think to have *-backports enabled be default and allways is a good idea. Especially not for noobs.


    Comment by Xk2c — September 3, 2006 @ 5:48 pm

  7. [offtopic]
    Xk2c I will think about your comment.

    The reason I enabled backports by default is because this sources.list is intended for desktop users who typically want to run the latest stuff. So if Edgy comes out they will probably upgrade to Edgy.

    My recommended Dapper sources.list isn’t intended for enterprise or server use nor for schools. For such use cases I wouldn’t recommend to use backports.

    Comment by ubuntudemon — September 3, 2006 @ 8:20 pm

  8. I would love to have a 12″-13,3″ screen.

    to duncan :
    The x40 starts at € 1.786,07 in the Netherlands. So that one is not an option :(.

    Comment by ubuntudemon — September 8, 2006 @ 7:54 am

  9. Sadly most good 12″ laptops seem to be too expensive.

    Here’s a list of some possible laptop models : http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=1475956&postcount=32

    First I need to find out whether they work perfectly with Ubuntu.

    Comment by ubuntudemon — September 8, 2006 @ 9:01 am

  10. […] see also this blog post: Some changes in my life […]

    Pingback by Possible laptops - feedback request « Ubuntu Demon’s blog — September 9, 2006 @ 8:36 am

  11. Dear Demon,

    I am in search like you. Around 1100-1400 euro. The macbook is in my list, but real-pc are good for an old geek like me. A vga-out is a plus for me, especially without optional extensione from mini-dvi to dvi.

    Comment by Daniele Medri — September 10, 2006 @ 12:13 am

  12. to Daniele Medri :

    Watch my blog and the forum thread about my laptop search and it might provide you with some useful information 🙂

    Comment by ubuntudemon — September 11, 2006 @ 9:55 pm

  13. Hi Demon,

    I see that you’ve put the Dell XPS M1210 on your list. I was thinking of getting one myself, but I’m not sure yet. Anyway, if I buy one I’ll let you know about my experiences. (I’ll definately run ubuntu on it if I happen to buy one.)

    Good luck on your master and everything. Where are you going to study? I’m working on my Bachelor in Artificial Intelligence myself (at the Radboud University of Nijmegen).



    Comment by Steven — September 15, 2006 @ 10:13 am

  14. sorry, I have no expieriences with ubuntu, but i can reccomend the siemens si1520 – small, portable, fast and reliable.

    Comment by Stefan — November 17, 2006 @ 7:48 pm

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