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Is this laptop compatible with MX Linux?

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Is this laptop compatible with MX Linux?

#1 Post by philotux » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:45 am

Hi everybody,

I am in the process of buying a new laptop since my "ex" just gave up on me recently. I just wondered if this laptop is compatible with MX Linux.

Thanks in advance for your replies.

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Re: Is this laptop compatible with MX Linux?

#2 Post by Richard » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:02 am

It should be.
Dells are usually compatible.
It has Intel video, audio, etc. which give much less problem.

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q ... gjFEXNSZDN
MX18b1: Lenovo T430: Intel Ivy Bridge i5-3320M, 8GB RAM, 4.9.0-8-amd64, 119 GB SSD
MX18b1: Eee&AA1 NBs: Dual Core Atom N270, 1GB RAM, 4.9.0-8-686, 150 GB HDD
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Re: Is this laptop compatible with MX Linux?

#3 Post by philotux » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:19 am

Thank you Richard for your swift reply!
And thanks for the link! It's good to know that the hardware will work well with Linux. i'll be putting an order in this evening. Hopefully, by the end of this week I will have time to install MX on it. I will report back to this thread on how things work out. Thanks again.

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Re: Is this laptop compatible with MX Linux?

#4 Post by chrispop99 » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:24 am

This may also boost your confidence:

https://certification.ubuntu.com/hardware/201709-25724/

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Test machines:
32-bit non-PAE - Thinkpad T41, 1.6GHz Pentium M, 1GB RAM.
32-bit PAE - DELL Latitude D610, 1.73GHz Pentium M, 2GB RAM.
64-bit - Lenovo T61, 2GHz Core 2 Duo, 2GB RAM
64-bit - Gigabyte Z77P-D3, Intel i3-3220, GeForce 8400 GS, 4GB PC3-12800.

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Re: Is this laptop compatible with MX Linux?

#5 Post by philotux » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:31 am

chrispop99 wrote:
Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:24 am
This may also boost your confidence:

https://certification.ubuntu.com/hardware/201709-25724/

Chris
Great! Thanks so much Chris for sharing the link. I surely needed a boost to my confidence at this point, feeling a bit lost and confused in the "laptop-jungle" out there.

Cheers

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Re: Is this laptop compatible with MX Linux?

#6 Post by Stevo » Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:21 pm

The stock MX kernel and Mesa stack won't support full hardware acceleration for the eight-generation Intel Coffee Lake GPU, but the Mesa stack in stretch-backports or the MX 17 experimental repo will. We also don't know what wi-fi hardware it has, but to be safe, the latest firmware packages in our test repo should be installed. If you want to use the "intel" driver instead of the kernel's modesetting driver, you'll need to use the newer one in MX experimental, since I've found all Debian versions to be buggy with Coffee Lake.

If you depend on the wi-fi for a connection, and it doesn't work out of the box, the firmware debs can be downloaded and installed manually from here, while they are in the test repo (may be moved to main eventually): http://mxrepo.com/mx/testrepo/pool/test ... e-nonfree/

Since eighth-gen Intel hardware, along with AMD Ryzens, will only become more common, maybe a respin with the latest Mesa, 4.18 kernel, and firmware packages would be really useful so everything will just work out of the box. I think that only a 64-bit respin would be enough--can't see any reason why users would want to use 32-bit on the new machines.

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Re: Is this laptop compatible with MX Linux?

#7 Post by philotux » Wed Nov 28, 2018 12:02 pm

Hi,

I wish to apologize for such a long delay in replying and thank you so much all who have responded.
There has been quite a lot happening since last time I posted and i have had to change my priorities and attend to more urgent matters than getting new hardware. To be honest, I have realized also that my computing habits wouldn't need that much of a new and powerful hardware. However I do need a new laptop eventually and I think I will be settling for not a high-end one.

Thanks once again!
Greetings,
philotux

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Re: Is this laptop compatible with MX Linux?

#8 Post by Stevo » Wed Nov 28, 2018 3:36 pm

MX 18, coming more sooner than later, will also support that new hardware out of the box. We hope to have a public beta quite soon.

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Re: Is this laptop compatible with MX Linux?

#9 Post by Richard » Wed Nov 28, 2018 5:22 pm

Whoopee!
MX18b1: Lenovo T430: Intel Ivy Bridge i5-3320M, 8GB RAM, 4.9.0-8-amd64, 119 GB SSD
MX18b1: Eee&AA1 NBs: Dual Core Atom N270, 1GB RAM, 4.9.0-8-686, 150 GB HDD
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Re: Is this laptop compatible with MX Linux?

#10 Post by Stevo » Wed Nov 28, 2018 6:29 pm

Looks like we are going to have a 4.19 kernel in it, too, which finally adds Meltdown protection for 32-bit users.

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