Learning Linux: Dell Inspiron 1525

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Linux Logo

First, it is good to be back. School took up all my time, and as a result my writing was severely hampered. I need the holiday time to recover, but now I am refreshed and ready to start rolling.

I keep saying this blog is about deep thought, and it is, but it also is about science and technology. With that said, this post is the first in what I plan to be an ongoing series. I am learning programming in college, specifically Java, but one thing they do not teach is much of anything about open-source systems, specifically Linux.

If I want to learn Linux, it will be something I will have to do on my own. Plus, I thought it would be great to take you along for the ride. I am starting this adventure cold, so I will not profess to be an expert. You will see everything I learn as I learn it. And, since I am the Musing Cogitator, expect me to go deep.

Dell Inspiron 1525

dell inspiron 1525 back
Dell Inspiron 1525 back

I need a system to use as my learning tool. With Linux, unlike some pay-for-use operating systems, (Windows), all one needs is a low-end device that with just adequate capabilities. I have such a system in a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop that has been lying around unused for years.

dell inspiron 1525 bottom
Dell Inspiron 1525 bottom

I bought it for my mother eight years ago. My mother is not a technology maven, so it was barely used. It came with Windows Vista, has an Intel Celeron 2.00Ghz processor, 1GB of ram, 80GB hard drive, and DVD/CD drive.



This is a list of the specifications:

  • Intel Celeron 32-Bit 550@ 2.00GHz microprocessor
  • 1.0GB ram
  • Disk drive: ST980811AS
  • Display adapter: Mobile Intel 965 Express Chipset
  • IDE Channel
  • Intel 82801 HEM/HBM SATA AHCI Controller
  • Intel ICH8M Ultra ATA Storage Controller – 2850
  • Ricoh Memory Stick Controller
  • Ricoh SD/MMC Host Controller
  • IEEE 1394 Bus Controller: Ricoh OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller
  • Modem: Conexant HDA D330 MDC V.92 Modem
  • Network adapters: 6T04 Adapter, Dell Wireless 1395 WLAN Mini-Card, Marvell Yukon 88E8040 PCI E-Fast Ethernet Controller
  • SDA Host adapter: SDA Standard Compliant SD Host Controller
  • Sound, video, and game controllers: Intel High Definition Audio HDMI, Sigma Tel High Definition Audio CODEC
  • Storage Controller: Microsoft iSCSI Initiator
  • Hard Drive: 80.0GB
dell inspiron 1525 keyboard
Dell inspiron 1525 keyboard

As stated before, it was hardly used, so my biggest worry is dust, more than the condition of the hardware. It does not come with a webcam, not a bummer as I have yet to ever use one. I do not Skype, which I’m sure breaks Microsoft’s heart.

What’s next

In my next post I will go over exactly what is Linux and why I have chosen to learn it. I will decide on a distribution and attempt an install. If I fail, you will hear about it, and of course you will hear about the successes and what I did to achieve them. I welcome any and all feedback for this series and will try my best to post weekly, school permitting.