I have retained the advantage of the better touch-pad on ‘Klystron’.

When I received my Hewlett-Packard laptop in 2013, it came with Windows 8.1 installed, and I had named it ‘Maverick’. One feature it had, and which I was afraid to lose, should I take Windows off it and replace that with Linux, was the very fine quality of its touch-pad, which on many laptops replaces a mouse. This one touch-pad is so subtle, that it forms an effective replacement for a mouse, while on most earlier laptops, I found that I needed to replace the internal pointing device, with a Bluetooth mouse. The way this works can easily be a software detail.

Well now that this laptop is running Linux, and is renamed ‘Klystron’, I find that again, the functioning of its touch-pad is smooth and satisfactory enough, not to require replacement with an external, Bluetooth mouse.

I think though that this fact is not so much due to Debian / Linux being able to support a “Synaptics Touch-Pad” in general, but rather due to how Kanotix / Spitfire has been set up out-of-the-box, to recognize a lot of different hardware options from the Live USB Key, by Kanotix Developers.

In a similar way, I have never been able to set up a graphics chip-set or card, just using straight Debian. I have always needed to rely on the special scripts and abilities that Kanotix comes bundled with, to install my graphics card. This does not really mean that I could never learn. I have just never had to do so manually.

Dirk

 

I have just now wiped Maverick.

I own a Hewlett Packard laptop which had Windows 8.1 installed on it from the seller, and which had the network name ‘Maverick’.

After much consideration I decided last night to wipe Windows off that laptop, and to install a current version of Linux on it: Kanotix / Spitfire, which is a Debian / Jessie -based bundle. It occurred to me, that I was not getting much use out of it, and that the software was in an unorganized state, with Windows on it.

The type of Linux install which I did, was a UEFI-capable install. But I did learn, that this by itself does not mean that the system will benefit from Secure Boot. Secure Boot is the feature of UEFI motherboards, which uses Cryptography to make sure that the program which is immediately executed has a valid signature. And that would go beyond what Kanotix has to offer me.

Simply being a UEFI setup, signifies that its means of communicating with the BIOS, are not the legacy but this newer system.

Before ever having set up a UEFI Linux system before, I did not really understand what was ‘Secure Boot’, and what was just ‘UEFI’.

So now I can continue on the long road, of adding much software to this laptop under Linux. This time, the Linux O/S is on a powerful machine, with the new network name ‘Klystron’.

Dirk