[nSLUG] Considering the Inspiron 1525

Michael Gillie mikegpc at gmail.com
Tue Sep 16 09:28:12 ADT 2008

I suggest one thing.... AVOID DELL! I had an Inspiron 6400, and it was
nothing more then one big problem. Linux or otherwise. The hardware was the
pits. The screen died twice, the hard drive blew up.

It ran Ubuntu 6.06, skipped a couple releases, and then loved 7.10.

It also ran FC 8, no problems. Mandriva 2007.1 Spring was a great hit as

Never had much luck with Solaris.

Sabayon was a neat one, and it worked well for me.

I was demanding on the system. Someone who doesn't expect much from a
computer is Liable to have a more positive experience.

That's my two cent's worth.


On Tue, Sep 16, 2008 at 1:52 AM, Daniel Morrison <draker at gmail.com> wrote:

> 2008/9/16 Vikram Chhatre <crypticlineage at gmail.com>:
> > Does anyone have experience installing any Linux distribution on these
> > Inspirons?  I found a couple of Installation instructions including
> > Ubuntu, but it didn't have the specifics of setting up wireless card.
> > I want to make sure that drivers are available for video, audio and
> > wireless networking, before I pull the trigger on this one.
> Did you try something like googling "Dell Inspiron 1525 Linux"?
> First hit:
> http://gizmodo.com/357868/ubuntu-linux-comes-to-the-dell-inspiron-1525
> Fourth hit: (documented Suse 10.3 64 bit install)
> http://en.nothingisreal.com/wiki/GNU/Linux_on_a_Dell_Inspiron_1525
> And the sixth hit says:
> Poster:
>  For all the noobs who want to install Linux on a laptop but dont know
>  what to buy...
>  I just got a Dell Inspiron 1525 with an Intel wireless NIC This will be
>  my 4th laptop to date.  I am happy to say that when i installed Linux
>  (fedora8) on it every bit of hardware was recognized and working out of
>  the box.
> Moderator's reply:
>  Please don't spam the forums with your findings. The appropriate place
>  to put something like this is the HCL.
> <heh!>
> http://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-laptop-and-handheld-25/dell-inspiron-1525-634795/?s=a923985ba8349e347dfb39ebd617c2c8
> So while I make no guarantees...
> <shake, shake, shake> All signs point to yes!
> If you want more detail I suggest you google some more and look around all
> those sites for someone's posted dmesg output, and if you're lucky, lspci,
> then investigate the mailing list for those chipsets.  But best would be
> to take a distro with you to the store.
> -D.
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