HP 2133 Mini-note with Xubuntu and Windows XP
My dearest wife helped me save up for an HP mini-note and so for my birthday we bought one. These are my experiences so far, I would like to hear some of yours too.
I first got the machine with Vista, my patience quickly ran out as I waited for this bloated operating system to fire up over and over and over.
I then thought to myself, I should put Xubuntu on this machine, the process for xubuntu was relatively easy, I had to use the xforcevesa kernel option to get the display to work and use ndiswrapper for the wireless card.
I was running all find and dandy for a few days then I noticed I had a problem. my battery was EXTREMELY slow to charge (33 hours) charge time. This was obviously an ACPI issue and I have not been able to solve it.
I then settled for WindowsXP, I installed all the stock drivers available at HP, and the machine runs well I have to say. I would have liked to run Xubuntu on the machine but I need good power managment.
I have yet to try OS X on this machine but because of the processor, chipset, display and other quirky hardware I assume it will fail dismaly.
The screen and keyboard have been good, they are probably the most enjoyable parts of this machine. I didnt get an Eeepc because the keyboard to me was unusable. I am still making more than the normal amount of typos on this keyboard but it is pretty good for its size and application.
The screen has been a bit challenging, I run it at the full 1280×768 resolution but crank up the DPI and the font settings on my applications, this allows me a crisp display with large typeface.
The most educational part of this whole thing was getting an ubuntu install ISO and a Windows XP install base onto a USB key. I used pendrive linux and modified the boot params (syslinux.conf) to allow for boot options, this allowed me to pass the xforcevesa kernel option at boot.
I can write up some instructions if there are those interested.
mini-note users? What have been your experience? Did anyone get the SLES model? I dont understand why they wouldnt give me the linux option on the top of the line model. I think HP is a little backwards with regards to this, they must think that Linux is for the cheap I would disagree.