[Nottingham] Looking for a new Linux laptop
graham.dicker at antecor.com
Sun Jun 26 08:20:23 UTC 2016
On Thursday 02 Jun 2016 08:52:17 Graham Dicker via Nottingham wrote:
> I have ordered a Lenovo IdeaPad 100S. It should arrive today.
I first experimented with running a live DVD version of Ubuntu from a USB stick
with casper-rw to provide persistent storage but it was very slow and the
constant read/write access to the stick would mean a short life. Also the wi-fi
didn't work (this was expected).
I next installed VirtualBox and used that to install the latest Opensuse (Leap
42.1) but this was useless because the distribution omits one of the photo
processing tools I need.
So I finally installed Opensuse 13.2 (64 bit) and that worked well enough for
me to do the photography I wanted during my holiday. However, it is slow and
the amount of disk space is too small. The built in eMMC drive is 32 Gbytes of
which Windows takes a big chunk leaving just enough room to create a 9 Gbyte
virtual drive for Opensuse. I actually had to install it twice because the
first time I allowed it to do all the updates available and one of these (I
don't know which) caused the maximum display resolution to be irreversibly
reduced to 640x480 (prior to that it was 1366x768). So I have disabled all
updates. I probably need to disable updates for Windows too as it probably has
not got enough disk space to cope.
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