Re: ultrabook recommendations/suggestions?
Um, maybe you didn't hear the news, but Dell has a fully supported Ubuntu based Ultrabook.
Don't let the "Made for Developers" put you off, that just means they are writing additional tools for programmers to help them share development environments. It's still a very elegant piece of hardware, with better components for cheaper than the Windows version. Comes with more drivers working than I have on a Macbook at the office. Unity has three finger drag working right out of the box, which on MacOS doesn't seem to be very consistent, heh. My favorite part, the volume is outstanding. All the systems I've converted from Windows to Ubuntu the speaker volume has always been terrible, not so on the Dell. Other things of note: I plugged it into a Mini-DisplayPort VGA adapter at the office the other day, that screen came up at 1024x768 automatically. Screen brightness works just like you'd expect, volume controls, backlit keyboard, battery life, it's all so solid, it's like it was meant to be.
I expect that if Dell can get enough of these sold that they'll continue in their efforts to support Linux on the desktop. In the end that just means there will be stronger driver support from those mardware makers that have been evasive so far, like Synaptics.
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