Mild progress, new laptop

I have not posted an update recently, as I have been busy with work and configuring my new laptop. I decided to go with a Dell XPS 13 Developer edition (AKA Ubuntu pre-installed). So far I’m pretty happy with the computer purchase. The price was rather high, but the design is darn good. I didn’t think I would like to type on a 13″ laptop… notebook… netbook… Ultrabook… whatever you want to call it, but I do! It’s a well-designed keyboard on a few levels. I won’t go into any of the details, as there are enough reviews of the thing for sure, but I like it! Fast, good battery life, made to run Gnu/Linux ^_^

It has been a few years since I last tried to use Ubuntu or some other Gnu/Linux variation full time. I have a good feeling about this time since a lot of the deal breakers have been solved! The following issues I had before to varying degrees have been fully fixed.

  • Netflix
  • Games (Steam)
  • TeamViewer
  • Managed Service application I use
  • Audio and Video seem to work flawlessly now

I still have a few more things I need to setup and configure, but I already have PyCharm working and my programs loaded and working. So I’ll be doing more programing soon.

I found out that Ubuntu 18.04 displays the interface of my sensor control center app different than both Windows & Raspbian, so I added GUI customizations to support Ubuntu. OpenGL works well for graphing on my Ubuntu computer, so I have enabled it by default for Ubuntu, but I’ll have to add the option to use CPU rendering in case others are not as lucky to have a working graphics card.

Just doing a quick update today. Until next time.

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