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First Impressions: My Ubuntu-based Dell

The 1505N arrived at my door yesterday, but my first impression of the machine came about a week or so earlier, when I noticed that Dell had discontinued it from their product line.
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If you’re an experienced Linux user who knows how to select hardware appropriately, there’s no supremely compelling reason to choose one of these Dells over another system you like more. After all, you’re not likely to go looking for support from the manufacturer unless your hardware is legitimately defective, in which case the preinstallation wouldn’t help you much anyway. But if you’re relatively new to Linux, or just don’t feel like hassling with setting up all your drivers—which can be a pain even for those who’ve done a hell of a lot of it—then Dell’s Ubuntu systems are worth a look. For my own part, I’m pleased enough with the system. It’s got plenty of power for the limited gaming I do, and now that it’s up and running it’s robust and immensely stable. Could I have found another laptop with all the same components and installed Ubuntu myself for about the same price (and without waiting two weeks for it to arrive)? Sure. But I’m just as happy that I didn’t have to.

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