As far as usability out of the box goes, our machine was not provided with a ‘real’ operating system from factory. Instead, we were treated to the blinking CLI of FreeDOS, which I promptly wiped and then installed #! (Crunchbang) Linux instead.
#! performed admirably on the Giada. I even got Steam for Linux set up and a bit of Minecraft play in without any hassle until I was prompted to wipe the machine again and install Windows 7 so we could run a few name brand benchmarks on it. The CD provided does contain the necessary drivers to get the system functioning under Windows, and installs easily so long as you have an external CD Drive to install from.
With that, I updated the Intel graphics drivers to build 184.108.40.20665.
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