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The Dell Vostro 3550 is supported by current Linux distributions out of the Box. It's running smooth. Video, OpenGL and Compositing work very well. Power consumption with Linux is round about the same as with Windows.
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For full specifications see the Dell Vostro 3550 specifications page.
|Name||Dell Vostro 3550|
|Processor||Intel® CoreTM i5 (2410M)
Intel® CoreTM i3 (2310M)
|Screen||15.6“ (1366×768) Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 6GB|
|Graphics||Intel® HD Graphics 3000
AMD Radeon™ HD 6630M
|ExpressCard Slot||Not Tested|
|Fingerprint Reader||Not Working|
The Intel GPU supports C6 sleep states wich is currently disabled (3.0 and some before). To save energy put i915.i915_enable_rc6=1 to the boot options of your Kernel.
The Touchpad currently isn't working with Kernel ⇐3.1. Patch is already avaible https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=590880. Somewhere in there is a link to Ubuntu launchpad where a package for Ubuntu is avaible.
You can enter a summary of how well the Dell Vostro 3550 works with Linux here.