Due to ASUS ridiculous repair policies, I can't get a replacement until my notebook breaks for a 4th time. I'm not going to go through the bother of installing W7U just for this, so I could either throw an XP copy or an Ubuntu or some other distro.
Anyone have experience with any particular distros on this model?
I'm only installing an OS so I can break the machine after all!
Still want to put LINUX on there? Ubuntu works, if you can stand the Unity interface. In the last 2 releases, it has become extremely buggy. I would recommend Fedora, since they have support for everything in the computer, including back-lit keyboard :), which has been really flaky otherwise.
So you use Fedora as well? I used to be an Ubuntu fan, up till about 11.04. After that, the system just got buggy :mad:. Fedora 17 has a few bugs, but not the "Application Crashed" five-seven times on every boot. Fedora 16 works just fine though!
no, i'm sorry zygomorphic! i wanted to say that i have RMA'd my G74 and 2 other HP Pavilions, and in every situation i 1st had to install the OS that came with it.. sorry, once again! The only linux distro i ever used was Mint!
Used to use Fedora/Redhat based distros (e.g. Scientific Linux, www.scientificlinux.org) but they were always buggy with even slightly dated hardware. My IT guy at work switched me on to Debian, and I gotta say I love it and the vast choice of packages you can add easily with synaptic. Yeah, Ubuntu Unity sucks 'orribly; fortunately with all other distros one still has a choice of Window manager. I like twm because its small and lean; I can boot my G74 in linux with X, twm and all the usual kernel processes using only 200M of RAM!
latest Ubuntu(12.04) supports sandy bridge and has a lot of battery optimizations, I get more battery there than on windows.... if u want full wifi driver support (wifi monitor mode and injection) use latest backtrack live USB, it works out of the box, whereas Ubuntu fails on this point... at least that's my experience on my g53sw...