Fedora 18 with Xfce on the HP Pavilion g6-2210us — all systems are very, very ‘go’

Just a quick post to tell you that my Fedora 18 with Xfce installation on the HP Pavilion g6-2210us is doing very well indeed.

Unlike Xubuntu 13.04, Fedora 18 WILL run under Secure Boot after installation.

I’m using full disk encryption and working on a separate hard drive (not the Windows 8 drive that shipped with the laptop).

Also unlike Xubuntu 13.04, I had no trouble with sound in Skype. Yep, I already installed Skype in Fedora. And it’s working perfectly.

Like Xubuntu 13.04, overall sound levels are fine once volume is upped via the Pulse Audio Volume Control.

In addition to Skype, things I also added to Fedora 18 without incident included the RPM Fusion repositories, the Adobe Flash browser plugin, gPodder and Xchat. I also found a new kernel and installed it (you’ll see why below).

All went smoothly.

So far Xfce in Fedora looks great. It runs great. It’s super-fast.

The only problem with this laptop and its new AMD APU (CPU plus graphics) is video. The 2D video in Xfce runs with no problem. GNOME 3 is a total mess. Unity is workable but has artifacts (though there was some improvement in the final release of Ubuntu 13.04 that I saw with live media).

And what all of these systems have in common — Ubuntu and Fedora included — is that suspend doesn’t work.

The laptop does go into suspend, but there’s no waking it (i.e. resume is broken). That’s bad because I’m a huge user of suspend/resume. The new kernel I tried from Fedora’s Koji service didn’t help. Eventually Linux, X, radeon and catalyst will catch up to this HD 7000-series video chip. It just hasn’t happened yet.

But I can say right now that Fedora 18 is good enough, configurable enough with proprietary bits, and stable enough for my daily use.

This is the first time I’ve used the Yum Extender for package management, and it’s a terrific, exceedingly quick tool.

What do I miss most not running Linux? Easy, usable FTP via the file manager and text editors (I can’t believe this is so f’d up in Windows8), and easy management of my old, old iPod, which I’m shocked is pretty much impossible to do in Windows without iTunes. I’ve tried a half-dozen music-manager/podcast manager apps, and none of them in Windows can do a damn thing half well.

Getting back to Linux’s gPodder (the Windows version doesn’t do iPod) and Rhythmbox will solve all of my Windows problems. For almost everything else I have mostly free open-source apps that just happen to run on Windows.

But a pure Linux environment would make my life better and easier. That and working suspend/resume and I’ll be a most happy camper. If I were confident that a dual-boot with Windows 8 wouldn’t fail, I’d do it today.

6 thoughts on “Fedora 18 with Xfce on the HP Pavilion g6-2210us — all systems are very, very ‘go’

  1. Jim

    You don’t say if you are suspending to ram or disk. I’ve found with recent kernels that suspend to disk works well but to ram doesn’t resume or resumes with problems like mouse not working. I’m on F17 on this laptop but the kernels on both 17 & 18 are 3.8.x.

    1. Steven Rosenberg Post author

      I’m talking about suspend to RAM. I’ve had no trouble with this on my older (circa 2010) AMD-running hardware. I imagine the trouble now is that the kernel and video drivers haven’t caught up to the HD 7000-series AMD video chips.

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  3. Cia W.

    This may or may not be helpful, does it appear that the computer woke up but the display is dark? I had that happen on a very old thinkpad running Fedora a while ago. My fix was to shell out to a terminal (ctrl-alt-f3 or so) then back to the desktop by ctrl-alt-f7 or 8 I think. Voila, desktop was now visible. If you get a dual boot going, I’ll be interested to know about it. My HP is a different model, but some similarities also I think. I left a comment about that on another thread.

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