October 10, 2011

Which Linux is right for my hardware?


Good Afternoon All!

So, I finally bought a new machine!!! After a lot of research, I decided that a Dell XPS 15 laptop was what I wanted. I would of liked to buy another mac, but they're way too expensive. I've heard some really great things about Linux but before I installed just any distro, I thought I should try and figure out which distro was right for me. Is it Ubuntu, Fedora, etc? Here are the specs for the computer I bought:

1 2nd generation Intel Core i7-2630QM processor 2.00 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 up to 2.90 GHz
1 Backlit Internal Keyboard - English
1 NVIDIA GeForce GT 525M 1GB graphics with Optimus
1 750GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive
1 Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit Service Pack 1, English, No Media
1 Tray Load Blu-ray Triple Writer (reads and writes CDs, DVDs, BDs)
1 JBL 2.1 Speakers with Waves Maxx Audio 3
1 Intel Centrino Wireless-N 1030 and Bluetooth 3.0
1 90 WHr 9-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
1 Microsoft Office 2010 Home and Student, English
1 2.0MP HD webcam with single digital mic (H.264)
1 Mini DisplayPort (1),
2 USB 3.0
1 USB 2.0 (eSATA/powershare combo)
1 Integrated network connector 10/100/1000 LAN (RJ45)
1 HDMI 1.4
1 Audio jacks: headphone (2 total) with SPID/F support (1), 1 Mic-in
1 9-in-1 media card reader Supporting SD, SDIO, SDXC, SDHC, MS, MS Pro, MMC, MSXC, xD

My concern is that I want to make sure everything will work and that the distro will be user friendly and intuitive. I also want to make sure the bluetooth, blu-ray player, webcam, etc, all work before I make myself regret what I've done. So, which Linux do you think is right for my hardware? Your thoughts and insight will be very appreciated!

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