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    Getting linux on an "ultrabook"


    So I've just decided I'd like to start messing around with computers and linux a bit, however the hardware I'm on doesn't seem to be a really good fit for linux so far. Any help would be much appreciated...

    I have:
    Dell Inspiron 14z "ultrabook"
    • windows 7 home premium SP1
    • 3rd generation Intel® Core™ i7-3517U processor (4M cache, up to 3.0GHz)
    • 8GB3 Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1600MHz
    • 500GB 5400 RPM SATA HDD and 32GB mSATA SSD
    • 8X Tray Load CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-RW Drive)
    • AMD Radeon HD7570M 1GB, switchable graphics to intel HD4000


    I'll give the rest of the hardware in a minute, not sure how relevant it all is (I'm a complete noob) but basically I'm hoping to find a distro that would let me keep the current advantages of the hardware (ssd caching, that really fast startup time, long battery life, switchable graphics, special function keys, hibernate, webcam, sleep on lid closing, touchpad gestures would be neat, the built in speakers seem to be tough to get working on linux from what I've heard, USB 3.0 port) and without having to remove my current install of windows. If I could dual boot from the HDD or boot from a flash drive that'd be really great. I know it's supposedly certified for ubuntu and that'd be cool, but it's not listed with my specs.

    Anyways, what I'm really asking is: where the heck do I get started?

    as mentioned, here's the rest of the hardware as listed in windows device manager:

    >Batteries
    >>Microsoft AC adapter
    >>Microsoft ACPI compliant control method Battery
    >>Microsoft Composite Battery

    >Bluetooth Radios
    >>Dell Wireless 1703 Bluetooth

    >Computer
    >>ACPI x64-based PC

    >Disk Drives
    >>AT5911V3B0SWP5
    >>FFS

    >Display Adapters
    >>AMD Radeon HD 7570M
    >>Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000

    >DVD/CD-ROM drives
    >>HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GU60N

    >Human Interface Devices
    >>USB Input Device

    >Imaging devices
    >>Integrated Webcam

    >Keyboards
    >>Standard PS/2 Keyboard

    >Mice and other pointing devices
    >>Dell Touchpad
    >>HID-compliant mouse

    >Monitors
    >>Generic PnP Monitor

    >Network adapters
    >>Atheros AR8162/8166/8168 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller (NDIS 6.20)
    >>Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz)

    >Processors
    >>Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3517U CPU at 1.90GHz
    >>Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3517U CPU at 1.90GHz
    >>Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3517U CPU at 1.90GHz
    >>Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3517U CPU at 1.90GHz

    >Sound, video and game controllers
    >>IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
    >>Intel(R) Display Audio

    >Storage controllers
    >>Intel(R) Mobile Express Chipset SATA RAID Controller

    >System Devices
    >>3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller - 0154
    >>ACPI Fixed Feature Button
    >>ACPI Lid
    >>ACPI Sleep Button
    >>ACPI Thermal Zone
    >>Atheros Bluetooth Bus
    >>Composite Bus Enumerator
    >>Direct memory access controller
    >>High Definition Audio Controller
    >>High precision event timer
    >>Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 - 1E10
    >>Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 4 - 1E16
    >>Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 6 - 1E1A
    >>Intel(R) 82802 Firmware Hub Device
    >>Intel(R) HM77 Express Chipset LPC Controller - 1E57
    >>Intel(R) Management Engine Interface
    >>Microsoft ACPI-Compliant System
    >>Microsoft System Management BIOS Driver
    >>Microsoft Virtual Drive Enumerator Driver
    >>Microsoft Windows Management Interface for ACPI
    >>Numeric Data processor
    >>Pci Bus
    >>Plug and Play Software Device Enumerator
    >>Programmable interrupt controller
    >>Synaptics SMBus Driver
    >>System CMOS/real time clock
    >>System timer
    >>UMBus Enumerator
    >>UMBus Root Bus Enumerator
    >>Xeon(r) processor E3-1200 v2/3rd Gen Core processor PCI Express Root Port - 0151

    >Universal Serial Bus controllers
    >>Generic USB Hub
    >>Generic USB Hub
    >>Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller - 1E26
    >>Intel(R) 7 Series/C216 Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller - 1E2D
    >>Intel(R) USB 3.0 eXtensible Host Controller
    >>Intel(R) USB 3.0 Root Hub
    >>USB Composite Device
    >>USB Root Hub
    >>USB Root Hub

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    Hi and Welcome !

    Ubuntu should work fine in your machine and I would suggest you to create LiveUSB or CD of latest version of Ubuntu. Check if everything works fine and all your needs met or not. We will help you in dual boot setup after that.
    There is a long list of distros that you can test. Try Ubuntu first.
    It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit.
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    Also try Mint. Its a good distro too

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