After trawling the net to find a laptop that was both linux friendly, pretty upto date hardware wise, with a decent screen size and sub £500 I came across this little number on sale at £450 at my local PC bricks and mortar superstore - https://www.dell.com/en-uk/shop/cty/pdp ... op/cn55510
So this is my first experience working with UEFI so I embarked on the install of Mint with a little bit of trepidation. I need't have worried....
From out of the box to Windows wiped and Mint 19.2 Cinnamon beta installed and running took about half an hour, including an initial couple of boots into windows solely to update the BIOS to Dell's latest -it's definitely a Linux friendly machine. The only minor headscratching moment was having to switch from RAID (Intel Optane) to AHCI in the bios to allow the installer to see the machine's SSD. Everything else seems to work fine out of the box with 19.2 and the default 4.15 kernel.
It's quick, and runs so much cooler and quieter than my old machine - I think I've got myself a bargain -
The old machine won't go to waste. It will be repurposed as a headless media server running Plex on an Ubuntu Minimal install and take over Plex duties from the 13 year old Toshiba laptop currently undertaking those duties. That machine will be sent for recycling...
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inxi -Fxxxzd System: Host: steve-Inspiron-5580 Kernel: 4.15.0-55-generic x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 7.4.0 Desktop: Cinnamon 4.2.3 wm: muffin 4.2.2 dm: LightDM 1.26.0 Distro: Linux Mint 19.2 Tina base: Ubuntu 18.04 bionic Machine: Type: Laptop System: Dell product: Inspiron 5580 v: N/A serial: <filter> Chassis: type: 10 serial: <filter> Mobo: Dell model: 0K0DFT v: A00 serial: <filter> UEFI: Dell v: 2.4.0 date: 07/02/2019 Battery: ID-1: BAT0 charge: 41.3 Wh condition: 41.3/42.0 Wh (98%) volts: 13.1/11.4 model: BYD DELL 1VX1H93 type: Li-poly serial: <filter> status: Full CPU: Topology: Quad Core model: Intel Core i5-8265U bits: 64 type: MT MCP arch: Kaby Lake rev: B L2 cache: 6144 KiB flags: lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx bogomips: 28800 Speed: 2322 MHz min/max: 400/3900 MHz Core speeds (MHz): 1: 617 2: 610 3: 601 4: 633 5: 670 6: 603 7: 602 8: 601 Graphics: Device-1: Intel vendor: Dell driver: i915 v: kernel bus ID: 00:02.0 chip ID: 8086:3ea0 Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.19.6 driver: modesetting unloaded: fbdev,vesa resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz OpenGL: renderer: Mesa DRI Intel HD Graphics (Whiskey Lake 3x8 GT2) v: 4.5 Mesa 19.0.2 compat-v: 3.0 direct render: Yes Audio: Device-1: Intel vendor: Dell driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus ID: 00:1f.3 chip ID: 8086:9dc8 Sound Server: ALSA v: k4.15.0-55-generic Network: Device-1: Intel driver: iwlwifi v: kernel port: 4000 bus ID: 00:14.3 chip ID: 8086:9df0 IF: wlo1 state: up mac: <filter> Device-2: Realtek RTL810xE PCI Express Fast Ethernet vendor: Dell driver: r8169 v: 2.3LK-NAPI port: 3000 bus ID: 01:00.0 chip ID: 10ec:8136 IF: enp1s0 state: up speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter> Drives: Local Storage: total: 1.82 TiB used: 755.97 GiB (40.5%) ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 vendor: Toshiba model: KBG40ZNS256G NVMe 256GB size: 238.47 GiB speed: 31.6 Gb/s lanes: 4 serial: <filter> rev: 10410101 scheme: GPT ID-2: /dev/sda type: USB model: SABRENT SABRENT size: 698.64 GiB serial: <filter> rev: 0204 scheme: MBR ID-3: /dev/sdb type: USB vendor: Seagate model: Expansion size: 931.51 GiB serial: <filter> rev: 060E scheme: MBR Message: No Optical or Floppy data was found. Partition: ID-1: / size: 29.21 GiB used: 10.03 GiB (34.3%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2 ID-2: /home size: 58.42 GiB used: 747.7 MiB (1.2%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/nvme0n1p3 Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 47.0 C mobo: N/A Fan Speeds (RPM): cpu: 0 Info: Processes: 274 Uptime: 10h 56m Memory: 7.51 GiB used: 3.74 GiB (49.8%) Init: systemd v: 237 runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 7.4.0 alt: 7 Shell: bash v: 4.4.20 running in: gnome-terminal inxi: 3.0.32
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systemd-analyze Startup finished in 6.079s (firmware) + 2.044s (loader) + 3.404s (kernel) + 2.465s (userspace) = 13.994s graphical.target reached after 1.313s in userspace