After 5 or so years of running MAC OSX for my desktop, I've decided to go back to Linux.
Don't get me wrong, Apple has done a great job with making the user experience as seamless as possible. Even from a development standpoint, using xCode or Darwinports + eclipse IDE's are very easy to use. HOWEVER.
There are times that I need the flexibility - not to mention the bang for the buck you receive when purchasing non Apple products. Now, you loose out on that "tight user experience". At this point, it's an adventure I need to take.
My choice of laptop for this refresh cycle:
Lenovo Carbon X1.
8GB of memory, solid state drive, Corei7 quad core processors. Loosing the nVidia video card in exchange for Intel *bridge HD4000 video. Good enough for the majority of the work I'll be doing.
First things first:
Install base of Ubuntu 12.10 x64. I'm not here to debate builds - don't care. I want a decently supported desktop build, I'll see "how bad" unity is. Considering that corporate apps are predominately windows based, I'll still be relying on Vmware Workstation w/ unity for some of the crustier apps.
For those who care and are following suit, I plan on posting updates on "things needed" for this build.
For those of you unfamiliar, NEST (http://www.nest.com/) manufacturers 3rd party thermostats for the home upgrade market.
Owning a SEER 16 HVAC, and a Honeywell basic digital thermostat certainly gets the job done. However I did want the ability to change the time of day that the HVAC operated, as well as have the ability to possibly lower cooling costs in the summer. NEST professes to do this with their trademarked "AIRWAVE",which simply turns off the compressor while running the fan during the last few minutes of your cooling cycle.
Wanting to see how much was gimmick, how easy it is to install, and how useful it actually is I decided to purchase one for myself.
For me, installation was quite simple. The instructions are easy to follow, and each HVAC system is slightly different. However NEST professes that the "2.0" revision supports 95% of all home HVAC installations. It appears that the only complications are multi stage heat pumps, humidifiers AND dehumidifiers, and possibly multi zone systems.
Done! 20 minutes, including WPA-PSK setup on my home wireless network (which is 100+ characters)