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Usability report on HP Omnibook Xe3 GC
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PostPosted: Mon 06 May 2013, 12:57    Post_subject:  Usability report on HP Omnibook Xe3 GC  

Hi, I ran into Puppy Linux recently and wanted to share how Puppy Linux works for me.

Puppy Linux version: Slacko 5.5

Computer: HP Omnibook Xe3 GC laptop with 512MB SDRAM (max) and 12GB SSD.
Other: Memory expanded with CF reader (PCMCIA), original modem/network card replaced with wireless card and 2 internal antennas, 2 port USB 2.0 PCMCIA card installed.

The report:
Running and installation: Puppy Linux runs fine from a CD and install on the SSD went great. Boots in ~30 seconds or so from the SSD.
Internet: Wireless card was detected and works fine, also Huawei Hilink 3G modem works without even running any configs.
Storage: SSD, CF card and DVD drive all detected and working fine.
Power saving: Does not work until you add ACPI=force line to the boot manager (GRUB).
Sound: Works very well.
Video: Linux's Savage driver sucks in general but works ok in normal usage such as Libreoffice and internet browsing, don't even try flash, also youtube lags like hell, resolution was detected right. DVD playback not tested yet.
Touchpad and keyboard: No issues other than special buttons don't work (sleep, www, email...)
Expansion bays (PCMCIA): Functions perfectly. USB 2.0 and CF card reader installed and works great.
Stability: Great, no hiccups so far.

If the ACPI support were detected right, Puppy linux Slackware would work pretty much perfectly for computer of this age and specs.

Please note that other Linux distros cannot detect the ACPI either, I have tried Lubuntu and Xubuntu before.
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