Linux on HP Laptop

By ciequich ·
I have a HP Pavilion DV6152eu and I would like to try Linux on it because Vista didn't give me any advantage of my processor (AMD Turion 64 X2) and it always has problems with the wireless built-in device. Can anyone of you help me deciding wich Linux can I use with my laptop?.

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Home, Business, or other?

by Langlier In reply to Linux on HP Laptop

Depending on what the laptop is primarily going to be used for and what you are familiar with are going to be the deciding points. Currently Ubuntu "Feisty Fawn" has a large following as being easy to use for Windows converts.

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Try a few

by w2ktechman In reply to Linux on HP Laptop

First I want to say that for notebooks I usually only use the business class.
But I have had mixed results with wireless devices.
SUSE works with the wireless on my system, but only the paid version. OpenSuse cannot find my WI-FI card. SUSE is the more stable one listed here.

PCLinuxOS has installed the Wi-Fi card in all of the notebooks (3 models) that I have tried it on, but there are other quirks with it.

Kubuntu had mixed results on Wi-Fi for me.

The other variations I have tried I had problems with.

Kubuntu/Ubuntu and (if I remember right) PCLinuxOS have 'Live' distros so that you can check out your HW before installing them.

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for business and studies

by ciequich In reply to Linux on HP Laptop

my lalptop is wireless and web cam built-in. and I use it for my studies in computing (programming and web design) I use corel draw and some editing video programs. I upload information to a web host. And I comunicate with my partners throught messenger (Yahoo/msn) and skype. making video conference.
there is any linux distribution that I can do everything without complicate my life? I am new in Linux but like to learn and practice. I heard about Fedora but, I dont know yet.
Thanks a lot

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I'd stick with windows

by Langlier In reply to for business and studies

for a few reasons.

1. Programming. Most classes are normally about the MSDN products... incompatable with Linux.

2. Webcam/Skype - Finding drivers for your webcam and getting skype to work are just about going to drive you nuts.

3. As mentioned wi-fi issues.

I might just go with dual booting Linux and Vista for now. Ubuntu (or Kubuntu/Xubuntu) are the most user friendly and are decent launching points.

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HP laptops are picky...

by dbneeley In reply to I'd stick with windows

I'm using a DV5000 series, and various distributions have "gotchas" associated with them. the Ubuntu family has a problem with the login screen and with sound--the Intel "High Definition" sound chip works with the live CD, not with the hard disk install.

I'm using OpenSUSE 11 in a dual boot mode and *love* it...everything works, including the builtin WIFI. With the latest KDE 4.1 upgrade, it's really worthwhile.

You'll still need to dual boot for some of your Microsoft-only activities, of course.

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