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Re: major linux problems summary 2012

On 2012-11-09 14:36:24 +0200, Riku Voipio wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 04, 2012 at 12:03:37PM +0100, Karol Szkudlarek wrote:
> > and about touchpad:
> > 
> > https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/606238
> Perhaps we should stop pretending Linux runs on any random hardware, and
> tell people to buy machines with Linux pre-installed? System76 [1],
> Google [2], Dell, HP, Acer, and others do already so.

Well, the fact that Linux is pre-installed (or equivalently the vendor
provides a machine with no OS, letting the user install his favorite
GNU/Linux distribution) doesn't mean either that it will run without
any problems. For instance, I got a Dell Latitude E6400 without
Windows, but I have (had) some problems with it. Since a touchpad
recognition bug is mentioned above, I can tell you that I had a
similar problem:

  Dell Latitude E6400: AlpsPS/2 touchpad sometimes misdetected as plain PS/2

and I need to run an experimental kernel to avoid this problem
(linux-image-3.2.0-4-amd64 3.2.32-1, in testing, is affected by
this bug).

> It might more expensive / difficult to acquire / less shiny, than a windows
> laptop, but at least you will get working touchpad and suspend/resume. 

Well, suspend/resume doesn't work correctly on my Dell Latitude:

  ifupdown: "ifup eth0" doesn't work after suspend/resume

  xserver-xorg: XKB settings lost after suspend (hibernate) / resume
  or USB keyboard plugged in

  suspend takes time due to /usr/share/wicd/daemon/suspend.py

(BTW, I plan to purchase a Lemote YeeLoong 8101B, which has only
GNU/Linux support, but haven't had news from the vendor yet.)

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