What is the best distribution of linux for the new Dell Studio 1555?

Posted on 2009-04-26
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I have a Dell Studio laptop with the following configuration:

Processor Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8600 @ 2.40GHz
Memory (RAM) 4.00 GB
Graphics ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570
Gaming graphics 1789 MB Total available graphics memory
Primary hard disk 142GB Free (223GB Total)

I want to install linux after partitioning the HDD. Can anyone tell me which distribution of Linux would be the best for this hardware?
Question by:biplabid
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    Depends on your demands for OS.
    What you need it for? What kind of desktop you like / prefer (KDE, FluxBox, ICE, GNOME)
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    You will probably need a 64 bit distribution. Those are on top capable of that.

    Author Comment

    I am a multimedia & graphics would prefer GNOME. Ubuntu 8.10 has been tested on Dell Studio 1537 but with driver problems. Would like to know if someone has tested anything which has most of the drivers for Dell Studio 1555?
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    Ubuntu is the "home linux" of Dell. If you order one of their PCs, be it a desktop or a laptop, it always comes with Ubuntu.
    So if there is any distro that they support completely, that they even put own labour in to reach a high compatibility level, then it will be Ubuntu:

    Brand new hardware by manufacturers who don't cooperate well with the Linux community will always be a problem, unfortunately. But experience has it that two or three months usually suffice to integrate even this new hardware.

    Ubuntu 9.04 has only just been released 3 or 4 days ago, so this will be your best bet for good HW support anyway.
    So unless you are already highly accustomed to using some other distro, I'd suggest you go with Ubuntu, or even UbuntuStudio - which is a multimedia/graphics enhanced version of Ubuntu.

    Author Closing Comment

    Hi Torimar,
    Thanks for the response. In fact I have already started downloading Ubuntu Studio 9.04. The download is expected to be completed in next couple of hours. I am just waiting to see how the OS behaves on my machine.

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