Today I installed Kubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) on my wife’s Dell Inspiron 5150. This laptop was purchased in 2004. It has a 3.2 GHz Pentium IV processor with 1 GB of RAM. It has a 60 GB hard-disk, a Broadcom WLAN 1350 wireless nic, and a standard (currently I just haven’t looked to find out who made the ethernet card) nic. The graphics card is an nVidia FX Go5200 card with 64 MB of RAM (NV34M). This laptop does have an IEEE 1394 port, although we never use it. The monitor has a very crisp 1400×1050 resolution.
Stacey is not a Linux novice, but I decided that an unpolished, bleeding edge Linux was probably not what she needed. So, no Fedora 9. The choice was Kubuntu because she is a KDE fan too. There had been some partitions left from when we had last installed a Linux (Mandrake 10.1, methinks) in the fall of 2004. After deleting and recombining those, Stacey’s laptop is left with a 40 GB Windows partition, a 16.43 GB Linux partition formatted in EXT3 mounted as “/”, and a 1.5 GB swap partition (1.5 times the amount of physical RAM).
The installation went without event. When I booted up, there was no wireless access, and so I connected it via ethernet to the router. All possible updates were downloaded and I was prompted to reboot due to a new kernel being one of those updates. After the update, using the “Hardware Drivers Manager”, I was able to activate the Broadcom-based Dell WLAN 1350 A/B wireless NIC and the nVidia card using proprietary drivers that the OS downloaded, uncompressed, and installed.
Firefox, Pidgin, and a handful of other pieces of software were installed using the package manager. The Flash plugin was installed using the command
sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
and TeTeX was installed via the commands
sudo apt-get install tetex-base tetex-bin tetex-extra.
Further, Ghostview and KDVI were installed using the commands
sudo apt-get install gv
sudo apt-get install kdvi
I did install KPowersave due to not being very impressed with the Guidance power manager that comes installed by default in Kubuntu. However, after reading around for quite awhile, this may cause some difficulties with power management in the future. I’ll have to examine that.
As I continue with more details and whatnot, I’ll be posting.