|SUBJECT ||Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] Linux on Laptops
HP Pavilion dm1-4310e: Swapping Windows 8 for Linux
Summary: Windows 8 is OUT on my next-generation Pavilion dm1, and Linux
— in the shape of Fedora 18, openSuSE 12.3, Mint 14 and Ubuntu 12.10 —
By J.A. Watson for Jamie's Mostly Linux Stuff
| November 29,
2012 -- 15:36 GMT (07:36 PST)
Well, this has been quite a learning experience, to say the very least.
It has been /unprintable,/ to say the very most. I have been watching
for the next generation in the HP Pavilion dm1 line for some time now,
as my current dm1-3105ez has become one of my favorite laptops — despite
its detested Synaptic 'ClickPad' pointing device.
I had a dm1-4010 for a short time (long enough to see that it didn't
have a ClickPad, and that it worked very nicely with Linux), but then I
passed it along to a friend. The other difference between those two was
that the 3105 had an AMD E-350 CPU, while the 4010 had an E-450, so I
have been watching to see what the next generation would have.
Last week I came across a dm1-4310, which has an AMD E2-1800 (Dual Core)
CPU, Radeon HD7340 graphic controller, 11.6in. 1366x768 display and NO
ClickPad. Hooray, that's what I've been waiting for!
c02923087HP Pavilion dm1-4310ez
The only problem was that it comes with Windows 8 preloaded, but I
figured I'm going to have to bite the bullet and have a go at Windows 8
sooner or later, so why not. The good news was that I checked the
specifications very carefully, and there was no mention of "UEFI" or
"Secure Boot" or "Made for Windows 8", so at least I shouldn't have to
fight with that yet.