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Feb 12, 2009, 16:01 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes)

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"First off I installed Ubuntu 8.10. Overall the installation process was quick and simple -- something that I've come to expect of this particular Linux distro -- and I ended up with a snappy OS.

"Problem was, a lot of things seemed flaky. The most obvious of these was the fact that the trackpad seemed to behave very oddly and the Wi-Fi just wouldn't work. I later also discovered that the special Fn (function) keys weren't working, something which I was expecting.

"These issues aren't deal-breakers by any means, and solutions are at hand. A good source of information was Ubuntu's own help site, which provided me with solutions to most of the issues I'd noticed. It also informed me about a few issues that I hadn't noticed relating to the speaker sounds not cutting out when headphones are used.

"At best, when running Ubuntu 8.10 on the Samsung NC10 you end up with most of the Fn keys not working (brightness does, but all others, such as monitor switching and sleep, are dead), a non-functioning Wi-Fi on/off switch and no trackpad multi-touch. "

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