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    Dell Vostro V131

    I open this post to discuss about the new Vostro 131 and Ubuntu installation.
    Somebody is planning to install Ubuntu in this laptop?
    Would be nice to make a review about:
    - Overall performance
    - Peripherals (wifi, vga)
    - suspend/hibernate
    - Battery life with ubuntu
    - Fan noise
    - media buttons and fingerprint
    etc.
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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    I was thinking about buying this laptop, so it would be nice with some updates. According to the Ubuntu Certification it seems to only work with the preinstalled Ubuntu.
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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    Same question. I want to buy this laptop but I am not sure because some sites say that the screen is bad, isn't it?

    And I am interested to install Ubuntu too.

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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    Bump
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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    seems that nobody wants to take the risk being the first in buying it and test it with ubuntu...
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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    I was just waiting for delivery
    Installed xubuntu natty on my i5 vostro v131.

    - Boot, networking, touchpad seem fine
    - Performance good, not stellar (expected an i5 to feel much snappier than my Studio 1537, but actually feel similar)
    - xorg-edgers drivers seem to boost graphics measurably (extreme tux racer up 50% in fps)
    - matte display cuts down reflections, but has a narrow field of view. Outside this FOV the screen looks weak. Within the FOV it's ok, but not great.
    - Cool, quiet
    - Happy with 3.0 liquorix kernels
    - Love the keyboard

    Under investigation:
    - resume after suspend: sometimes cannot login after wakeup (keyboard seems to 'jabber' on xscreensaver re-login)
    - keyboard autorepeat lost after resume

    Summary:
    Good performance, generally good linux compatibility, except for keyboard resume from suspend.

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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    Thank you for your review mervinb!.
    When you say networking seem fine, is that wifi works out of the box?.
    It is needed some restricted drivers for the wifi or video?.
    The overall performance and compatibility seems good.
    Hope you fix the resume from suspend because suspend is one very important feature for one laptop.
    What about hibernate?. Have you tested it?
    Stay us tunned, please!
    Thenk you.
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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    My bad... the resume problem appears only with liquorix kernels. It seems to work with the generic ubuntu kernel.

    Wifi works out of the box.

    I've not used hibernate for several versions of ubuntu, since the suspend behaved properly.

    Given that the vostro v13 had touchpad issues that only got fixed recently, the v131 works really well with natty. I'll be testing a usb image of oneric beta next.

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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    And the battery life is so good in Ubuntu as they say in windows?.
    9.5 hours for one Dell...mmm I don't believe if I don't see it...
    If this is true I think I am going to order mine today!
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    Re: Dell Vostro V131

    I hope that everyone takes my comments with a pinch of salt... YMMV!

    Ubuntu power consumption seems determined by kernel versions (see phoronix posts), and I saw ~4 hrs with a 3.0 kernel, which has the power regressions. Seems to me that I'd get ~5+ or 6 hrs with 2.6.38, again depending on usage. Whatever it is, it is hugely better than the V13 or other Dells I have.

    I doubt I'd see 9 hours on W7. Perhaps 7-8 hrs??

    Suspend update: there are still some resume problems (keyboard repeat) occurring intermittently. These days boot time is good enough that I'm getting much less sensitive to it, and the more users of v131 are on ubuntu, the better the chance of tracking down and squashing the bug.

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