I've used Windows all my life (pretty exclusively) and have recently purchased a notebook with Vista, and well . . . I think it's about time I made a change.
The notebook in question is a HP DV6645CA
. I have tried Ubuntu and Linux Mint live CD's with some success but also a few problems. Before I decide to dive in and try this out, I have a few questions:
1. WLAN is a broadcom chipset (I can confirm the model when I'm at home on the notebook in question if necessary). This doesn't work 'out of the box', I understand I can use a windows driver which I would assume isn't the best option, but I would be willing to try if necessary. Can someone point me the right direction to make this work? Or let me know if I need to provide more information.
2. The onboard video is and nvidia 7150 adapter, I bought this notebook over another with ATI video because I understood nvidia support was some what better for *nix OS'. I haven't had much luck with this in my attempts on the live CD's, I basically need help from scratch to make this work.
3. Tablets, I have a Wacom Bamboo Fun (well, I will on Dec 25). As far as I know they are very well supported in *nix, just curious as to whether there is anything I'll need to know to set this up.
4. iTunes purchases, obviously need to strip the DRM to play them in Amarok, this topic might be better to ask else where, but any suggestions? (I really don't want to burn a few hundred songs then rip them again before trying this).
That about sums up my questions/concerns before I dive head first into this. I would defenitely say I'm very comfortable with a computer and don't have many problems once I have a push in the right direction. If anyone can help out I would really appreciate it, I was hoping to start this tonight and have a working install up and running with most of the kinks ironed out before the weekend's out.