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Samsung NP-P580


J.A. Watson (


This is a 15.6“ display notebook system that is available in several different configurations. The particular model I have includes an Intel Core i5 CPU and does NOT include the nVidia graphic controller.

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ProcessorIntel Core i5-460M
Screen15.6” 1366×768
Optical DriveDVD Dual Layer
GraphicsIntel HD (Integrated)
NetworkWired 10/100/1000, Wireless b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1

Linux Compatibility

ScreenYes16:9 ratio
HDDYesSATA-150, 5400RPM
Optical DriveYesDVD ±RW, (±R DL), DVD-RAM
GraphicsYesTested dual display using VGA port
EthernetYesMarvell Yukon 88E8059
WirelessYesAtheros AR9285
BluetoothYesBroadcom 2070
56K ModemN/A
USBYesUSB2 only, no USB3
Card ReaderYesSD/MMC
ExpressCard SlotN/A


This is one of the easiest laptops I have ever installed Linux on. No problems, no surprises, no adjustment or downloading of additional drivers after installation required. My primary interest in this laptop is that it has an optional docking station, which I have ordered but not yet received. I will update here when it arrives.


I have installed the following Linux distributions on this system:

- openSuSE 12.2 Milestone 5: Even as a pre-beta release, this distribution installed with no problem. On the first boot after installation it appeared that Network Manager had not started, but on subsequent boots it worked normally.

- Linux Mint (Debian) 201109 Gnome: No problems with installation, works flawlessly. This is currently my distribution of choice on this system.

- Fedora 15: No problems with installation or operation. If you want Gnome 3, this has it and it works fine.

- PCLinuxOS 2011.6: No problems with installation or operation. If you want a KDE desktop, this has it and it works fine.

I will be installing a few more distributions in the next few days, including Ubuntu Oneiric Beta-2 as soon as it is available. I will update here as possible.


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