Update on Linux on Dell XPS-12-9Q33

More Linux/Windows OS Trialing

I’ve been busy trying a couple more OS’s since I last posted.

I’ve tried:

  • Kubuntu 15.04 Alpha 2 – This is running the new Plasma 5 Desktop Environment that features a hardware accelerated graphics stack. I was quite impressed with the performance considering that this was still in Alpha. In my use over a couple of days I did notice that it had a terrible appetite to use up all of my RAM i.e. it had a serious memory leak(s), nevertheless I will be watching this Distro closely.
  • The latest MS Windows 10 Technical Preview 10.9926. This didn’t stay to long on my PC, as after loading the Dell mouse/touch-pad drivers, the system wouldn’t boot, giving an boot error message like “SYSTEM_SERVICE_EXCEPTION” and referencing w32kfull.sys. I had to  use the flash disk I booted the system from to rescue the system. Finally it booted, but things like the Start menu would not work, deleted files of a flash disk would suddenly re-appear and installations would fail for no apparent reason. I tried Googling for help, but to no avail. I suspect that somewhere I picked up an virus/malware of some sorts. If anyone can shed light on this, it would be great.
    I must confess though, Windows 10 is shaping up to be a great OS.

My life is far to short for this so I installed:

OpenSUSE KDE 13.10

In the previous post(s) I’ve mentioned that I’d installed openSUSE 13.2 both in the KDE and Gnome flavours. I’ll be trialing the KDE version to see if I can use it as the default OS on this Dell XPS-12 ultra-book.

I prefer KDE over Gnome, so that’s why I’ve gone the KDE route, as well as the temptation of the Plasma 5 DM, down the track in an future edition adds to the excitement. Traditionally openSUSE defaults to the KDE DM, and openSUSE is also known for its stability by using tried and true over bleeding edge.

Down-side is that I’ll have to install Oracle’s Virtualbox so I can run a Windows VM for the Cypress PSoC Creator software.

My son warned me that Linux doesn’t have a very large game base compared to Windows. Since I don’t play games other than Solitare etc, no great loss to me; also means that he will keep his mitts off it!

One thing I did was change the default font to Droid Sans and set the ant-aliasing as shown in these images. Made a huge difference to readability especially considering the fonts appear quite small due to the high DPI of the monitor.

Font selection dialog.
Font selection dialog.
Ant-Alias Settings
Anti-Aliasing settings dialog

One thing I’ll have to master is OpenSUSE’s package tool, as I’m used to Debians ‘Aptitude’ i.e. apt-get install ‘some great app’ command line syntax… and yes I know there is software managers, but I like the command line!

Finally my TunerStudio and MegaLogViewer (Java) applications I use  to tune my ECU all are working, along with the KDE PIM Kontact app handling my schedules and e-mails etc.

Cheers, to the next installment!