John Handelaar wrote: > [snip] > > I recently "acquired" a Dell Latitude D505 which came from Dell Outlet. > Super-cheap. (Back when I had to buy PCs for a 150-person company we > opted never to go for a warranty longer than a year though - on the numbers > we found that if it doesn't die in 6 months it probably never will. YMMV > of course.) > > Ironically it crashed like a three-wheeled stock car every 10 minutes > or so under XP, Dell drivers, OEM OS version and all. Interesting, my work D505, which you've personally played with, is pretty damn stable on xp pro sp2 (touch wood). > Ubuntu, on the other hand, picked up all the hardware, sound and all, > with no effort whatsoever (except the winmodem, which I don't care about > anyway). Even goes into standby when I close the lid. Yeah, Ubuntu on the D505 kicks arse. In fact Ubuntu on most things kicks arse: just make sure you install 5.10 Breezy and not any earlier version, for obvious "more things work better than ever" reasons. > A person could use kubuntu on this if desired, but tbh if I wanted program > menus with thousands of entries on a butt-ugly silver theme, I'd have left > XP on it... /me knows the guy responsible for Kubuntu :> -- _ __/| William Anderson | It's called a "changeover." The movie \`O_o' neuro at well dot com | goes on, and nobody in the audience has =(_ _)= http://neuro.me.uk/ | any idea. U - Thhbt! GPG 0xFA5F1100 | -- the Narrator, "Fight Club"