So today i just reinstalled vista on my laptop, and its going to stay there for the near future.
I tried installing ubuntu on this, and most everything worked fine, but some underlying problems with ubuntu, and linux in general make it a horrible choice for laptops (at least mine)
almost a deal breaker for me, this has the potential of destroying my hard drive in under a year, and the only way to get around it is to use some ugly hacks and scripts that don’t even work all of the time (even after i implemented the hardy scripts, my load cycle would sometimes just jump up 50 counts, and other times it would obey the scripts and not spin down so the counts would not go up). This NEEDS to be fixed on the kernel level before i can consider putting ubuntu back again. I paid 700 dollars for this laptop, i dont want its hard drive getting destroyed prematurely
2: wireless woes
the hardy version of madwifi doesnt even support my wireless card, but luckily compiling a special branch of madwif from source seems to work. its just the fact that network manager 0.7 is still highly unstable, and even with these working drivers, i get random issues, like i cant connect to a network and i have to keep retrying until randomly, it works. Also, the unstableness of the ppa i was using means that one time, i lost all network connectivity together, and then with the most recent version, i cant connect to WPA TLS networks, which is what my college uses, which makes my laptop fairly uselss
3: ubuntu (or gnome’s) power management sucks
seriously, the power management options in ubunut pale in comparison to vista’s, random bugs like you cant controll how bright/dim the screen gets when you unplug/plug in the AC cord, different power management schemes, and more make it annoying for laptops. Also, because of the load_cycle_count issue, you have to keep your hard drive spinning 24/7 so that drains the battery considerably. It also does not help that ubuntu/linux in general sucks at delaying writes to the disk when on battery power, it seems even when im not doing anything ubuntu is doing something to access/write the disk where my disk could be sitting idle/spun down to save battery.
4: battery life is much better in vista, i don’t know why, it just is
5: annoying synaptics touchpad bug, which is present in other distros as well
this wonderful bug makes it so that the kernel loses connection to the touchpad, and when it reconnects to it, all your mouse/touchpad settings are lost, which means that the touchpad ‘tap to click’ feature becomes enabled which is the most annoying feature EVER. im just dragging my mouse and the touchpad somehow registers that as a tap so i click random buttons, files, urls, bookmarks, close buttons, etc. Ive noticed this in SUSE 11 as well, so it must be a kernel bug
6: suspend/hibernate is still wonky
it seems pretty good for my laptop, but i still get issues that shortly after thaw/resume my computer just freezes completely.
sure most of these problems are a result of the fact of using non offical reverse engineered drivers, and i understand that, but the load cycle, suspend/hibernate and the power management things are CRUCIAL for laptops, and sadly i’ve tried very very very hard to make it work, and it’s just not worth it anymore. The touchpad and the network manager issues might be fixed in Intrepid, but the load cycle/power management/suspend/hibernate issues don’t show any promise of being fixed in intrepid. oh well.
Ubuntu will still have a place on my desktop, but for now and the foreseeable future, vista will remain on my laptop