I have inspiron 15r with amd 6470m and debian unstable. Im using gnome shell and i have only one problem fglrx doesnt work with gnome and im using x.org driver, its working very well.
I've found the recent discussions very helpful. My previous job used to insist on Dell machines and I had good experiences of installing Debian on Dell Latitude E6500 machines but then I had to buy myself a machine and got a Toshiba having misread some information on the web suggesting that Toshiba were linux friendly. Neither Squeeze nor Wheezy have worked nicely with the machine at all though I can't find any hardware errors so, as it's ageing a bit now too so I can justify reinstalling Windoze on it and passing it to someone, I want to replace it but this time I want something that will play well with Debian. I want reliability, quite a lot of storage (1Tb), I'm fine with a 15/16 inch screen but I'd like quite a bit of CPU power and RAM as I do a bit of statistical work (in R: mostly wonderful!) but also because I find myself forced to keep a VirtualBox VM open most of the time for the Windoze dependencies I haven't been able to shed (Orifice as compatibility is hopeless in both OO and LO and I can't force colleagues to shift!), InDesign (too many templates that I haven't time or skill to replicate in Scribus) and SPSS and AMOS). [I'm sure I'm not the only person on this list cursing this sort of enforced dependency!]
So the questions:
1) does anyone have any experience of installing Wheezy on the Inspiron 15R? If so, am I right to assume it'll work OK?
2) would you recommend 32 or 64 bit Wheezy (I don't usually hit the memory limits of R in 32 bit so I've stayed on 32 bit so far but I'll want to install 64bit Windoze 8.1 in a VM so perhaps it has to be 64 bit?)
3) How fast does it feel, in particular ...
4) ... has anyone got 64 bit Windoze 8.1 installed in a VirtualBox VM and does it run OK? Fast enough in memory/disc/CPU hogs like orifice, SPSS & InDesign?
5) If I use the Dell to create a system backup (of the Windoze 8.1 recovery partition presumably) will I be able to restore this into a VM? (I'm very reluctant to pay twice for Windoze but Dell, at least in the UK, don't sell the Inspiron other than with Windoze.)
Many thanks in anticipation of advice/experiences,
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