So far, if you’ve been following this series of posts, you’ve managed (hopefully) to setup your wireless card and make the touch screen work on your Intel Classmate. What else could I possibly have to say that would justify a third post?
In the last few days, I’ve been severely mistreated my Classmate, format upon format, installation upon installation, with half a dozen of different linux distros, to be able to put together the last two posts. In fact as you are reading these lines, Classmate’s HDD contains a fucked up installation of Windows 7, an equally fucked up installation of Mint and it’s waiting in the corner for yet another test. The question I expect from you at this point, is: “Was it worth it?“
Success wise, not that much. I mean I made it work, yes, but not work good enough. While it works as a tablet, more than often the pointer gets lost and you end up tapping where you shouldn’t. At first I thought that this happened due to the fact that we’re talking about a low cost netbook. But when I installed on a whim, Windows 7 and (almost) everything was working as it should, I was left with a bittersweet taste in my mouth.
Sure I learned a lot, during all this, sure I was more than happy that I managed to do all of what I did, but I would very much like to have an adequately rewarding result as well.
For the record, while Windows 7 starter was terribly slow as I already said, Windows 7 Ultimate was lightning fast and no, I have no explanation about this.
What I intend to do now, is set up a proper Windows 7 installation, and then start testing more Linux distros. Maybe I will give Debian a try, or Archlinux. You are probably going to hear about this again…