2 comments on “HP 255 G1 Laptop with Ubuntu

  1. Nice review. I also just bought one of these from eBuyer. After about 20 minutes with Ubuntu I couldn’t live with the laggy performance of the Unity desktop under the now middle aged 12.04 Ubuntu environment.
    I installed Linux Mint 17 Qiana (based on the 14.04 Ubuntu release) 64 bit with the Cinnamon desktop, installed the AMD Catalyst driver for the graphics and BOOM this 200 quid laptop feels so much snappier to use with little to no lag.
    A couple of other observations… mine had some odd BIOS settings that needed tweaking. By default the cooling fan was set to always on which was annoying and killed the battery. Secondly the boot order initially prevented me booting from a USB stick, so that needed fiddling with.
    I definitely suggest switching out Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity to something a little more responsive. It makes the world of difference to this machine.

    • Great feedback, thanks. I would love to have tried the same, but the laptop has already gone to the end user.

      It would be interesting to find out whether Ubuntu 14.04 would also show improved performance.

      Thanks again.
      Chris

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