My Mini Goes Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!

Nono, not the Mini made by a subsidiary of BMW.  The Mini made by Dell.  Back in Feb. of this year I complained about the lackluster support for the Mini by both Ubuntu and Dell.  Specifically the video performance had fallen off somewhere between Dell’s Netbook Remix (DNR) of 8.04 and Ubuntu’s Netbook Remix (UNR) of 9.04.  9.10 and 10.4 had not improved the situation.  I had pretty much given up hope of my benchmark, Yohoho! Puzzle Pirates, ever playing smoothly again.

I was wrong.

I just installed KUbuntu 10.10.  As always I fire up Y!PP once and play a round of Bilge just to see if it is the jerkiness introduced in 9.04 has been fixed.  I was about floored when 10.10 played it as smooth as can be.

Based on those results I got a tad bolder.  In 10.04 I made the laughable decision to try running Minecraft.  I got 1-2 frames per second.  10.10 did better.  6-9 frames a second with the draw distance set slightly higher than the minimums under which 10.04 was choking.

Only took 1.5 to 2 years but, at last, my Mini goes Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!

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5 responses to “My Mini Goes Zoom, Zoom, Zoom!

  1. Hi!

    Did you manage to solve the webcam video recording problem? I have a mini too with ubuntu 10.10 installed on it, and video recording with cheese is totally broken 😦

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