The Year of the Linux Desktop: Photos from the revolution

Edit: Unfortunately, the images originally included in this post are gone, because of hosting problems in late 2009. My apologies.

I told you a week or two ago that this was The Year of the Linux Desktop, and as proof I offered the fact that my mother — a non-technophile, average-level computer user with a couple of years of Ubuntu experience — was able to order a laptop with Ubuntu 7.10 preinstalled, without Windows or any stain of DRM or other garbage. It arrived on May 20, and she was kind enough to send pictures and give me permission to share.

This is a Dell Inspiron 1420, with a dual core T2370 rated at 1.73Ghz, 1Mb and 533Mhz for the FSB. Screen is a 14.1-inch glossy at 1440×900, run by an X3100 graphics card. It has 2Gb of 667Mhz DDR2, a 120Gb SATA hard drive and an 8x dual-layer DVD+-RW drive. Networking is courtesy of an Intel 3945 a/g card, integrated NIC and integrated modem.

The login screen.

A desktop.

A smaller photo of the entire machine. The screensaver is starting in this one, which is why the top part looks a little smeared.

Reports from the front line suggest she’s absolutely thrilled with it. She’s already added the software and programs she was used to in Dapper, and things like wireless and her iPod are working great.

As far as making the jump to 8.04, that might happen later — much later, like when 7.10 reaches end-of-life. The rationale is basically that the machine is working perfectly right now, as is. She doesn’t need kernel upgrades for hardware compatibility, or an improved version of GTKPod to get her iPod working. So risking an upgrade that may or may not go wrong just isn’t required.

The only hiccup? An instruction manual written entirely for Microsoft Windows Vista, sent along to introduce her to her new computer. I don’t know if I should call that ironic, or just sad. :lol:

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8 Responses to “The Year of the Linux Desktop: Photos from the revolution”

  1. 1 ubuntucat 2008/05/24 at 9:22 AM

    Does she take advantage of suspend/sleep on lid-close? And, if so, any hiccups?

  2. 2 K.Mandla 2008/05/24 at 5:24 PM

    I’m not sure; I’ll ask. I should ask about DVD playback too. I don’t know how often or even if she would use suspend, etc., so I doubt it would be a dealbreaker.

  3. 3 freduardo 2008/05/24 at 6:13 PM

    Good to hear that she likes it, and that everything seems to be working alright.

    My mom, who currently has a Win XP powered Dell, is thinking of buying a new one. I’ll try to convince her to go for a Linux powered one as well. (Who knows, the argument “See. K.Mandla’s mom has one as well, and she’s happy with it.” might help convince her :) )

  4. 4 anjilslaire 2008/05/25 at 1:12 AM

    I’ve purchased 2 of these: 1 loaded with Vista (zeroed drive & loaded Kubuntu 7.10) and the other is coming preloaded with 7.10 (hasn’t arrived yet).

    The one I’ve got is great. It’s my wife’s main box, and everything seems to work well, even suspend/sleep, I believe. She doesn’t need that feature primarily, so I can’t really comment on that either as its only been tried a couple times.

    I’ll order a 3rd for myself (the 2nd on its way is for my uncle) since I don’t anticipate any issues. I love playing on the one we have in the house :)

  1. 1 Sad story, happy ending « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/07/22 at 8:55 AM
  2. 2 Viral ethics for Linux users « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2008/09/11 at 10:28 PM
  3. 3 A report from the revolution, one year on « Motho ke motho ka botho Trackback on 2009/07/20 at 9:47 PM
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