Just finished installing Ubuntu 12.04. A breeze to do. The whole process took less than an hour. Really fast.
Because I messed up the Ubuntu 11.10 (installed to much junk), I decided to start of with a clean sheet.
Because my documents are on a separate partition
/home (actually it's even an different disk), it's easy to replace the OS and keep your data.
Because the hardware contains some specials, I had to enable some propriety software. The video hardware is from ATI, which has it's own driver you have to enable.
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio (rev 06)
02:00.1 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI RV710/730 HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 4000 series]
The Broadcom wireless card driver was enabled by default.
The only thing I keep forgetting is the audio. The normal speakers work fine. But the headphones are something you have to enable.
Just add options
snd-hda-intel model=dell-m6 to
/etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf and reboot.
The last thing to do was to install chromium, virtual box, calibre and 7zip, and that's it.
Thunderbird, Firefox, Chromium, Calibre, they all found there previous settings.
Ready to go.
First impressions?Being used to unity, it looks the same. Tidy and fast. I like the bar with the applications by the side.