Re: Using Dynadock U10 to drive second monitor in Ubuntu
I know this thread is a couple of months old, but there isn't much information on the dynadock, and I was researching it myself since I've already switch my Portégé to Ubuntu (dual boot with Windows) for all the reasons you mentioned, as well as some others:
- Better use of memory.
- Much faster boot and shutdown.
- Better security (no need for resource greedy AV software).
These Toshiba docking stations seemed like a great way to get a clutter of wires away from my desk with more advanced functions than a simple USB hub can offer (such as the option to hook up to proper hi-fi speakers with a 5.1 capable receiver to power them, thanks to the digital audio port). Unfortunately, this all seems to be driver enabled, so unless it works with ndiswrapper (a utility that allows Ubuntu to use Windows drivers in some cases), it's unlikely to be a valid solution for now.
Even for Windows, the detailed specifications sheet seems to show some fairly heavy system requirements for a laptop (the intended market, after all), especially nettops or the older Portégé ultra-portable models. This makes me wonder if using this type of unit not slow the whole system down somewhat too. Obviously, this should not be an issue for more powerful laptops, or even the newer Portégé models (which are heavier than the older ones, but far more powerful as well), but that's not what I'm using right now. Nor, apparently, are you!
Here's a link to the only other thread I've found on the topic.
Intrepid User of Xubuntu & LXDE on:
(1) Dell Latitude, CPi R400GT, PII 400 MHz, 256MB SDRAM, 66MHz.
(2) Toshiba Portégé 3490CT, PIII 700 MHz, 256MB SDRAM, 100MHz.
Both using NETGEAR MA521 Wireless PCMCIA (no issues!).