I recently (09/2004) bought a Desknote A535-2 laptop, it's quite nice, has all features I need, at a reasonable price.
It comes without preinstalled OS, so no M$-Tax has to be payed, ideal for Linux-Installation .
The only annoyance I discoverd so far is the Fan - makes too much noise for my taste.
Well, to get Debian working is not quite easy if you don't have the right
installation CDs. I ended up using the recent Debian-installer.
Works quite well, as it seems by now.
The first thing which wasn't correctly
found/configured is the touchpad, it's a synaptics touchpad, and well supported
apt-get install xlibs-devThen compile the driver and copy it to /usr/X11/lib/modules/input/ .
Modify your /etc/X11/XF86Config-4 to contain
Section "InputDevice" Driver "synaptics" Identifier "Synaptics Touchpad" Option "Device" "/dev/psaux" Option "Protocol" "auto-dev" Option "Edges" "1900 5400 1800 4000" Option "Finger" "25 30" Option "MaxTapTime" "80" Option "MaxTapMove" "220" Option "VertScrollDelta" "100" Option "MinSpeed" "0.02" Option "MaxSpeed" "0.18" Option "AccelFactor" "0.0010" Option "EdgeMotionUseAlways" "true" Option "CircularScrolling" "on" Option "CircScrollTrigger" "3" EndSection
This will work, but you can easily configure the pad to your like, just see the homepage of the driver.
Next thing to consider is the external USB-Mouse, which will work nicely, if configured like this:
Section "InputDevice" Identifier "Configured Mouse" Driver "mouse" Option "CorePointer" Option "Device" "/dev/input/mice" Option "Protocol" "ImPS/2" Option "Emulate3Buttons" "true" Option "ZAxisMapping" "4 5" EndSection
So far, Debian concerns, now let's take a look at:
This is another story, requires some more action than Debian, but I prefer Gentoo because of it's ease of keeping up with the latest Desktop software like KDE etc.
First, get an appropriate iso-image (i686 type is the right choice) for installation from your favourite
and burn it to a CD.
Of course, the whole procedure is easiest if you have a working LAN with Router/DHCP -
this is how I did it.
Touchpad: see above (Debian Section).
X-Server Setup: this is my xorg.conf file.
I must admit that getting the whole thing actually to work was not just that easy. It turned out I had to upgrade wvstreams to 4.0.1, wvdial to 1.54. In addition, /etc/ppp/options had to be adjusted with the following entries:
lock defaultroute noauth usepeerdns nottyThis solved some issues, but I had still problems with pppd dying directly after connect.
And this problem wasn't that easy to overcome - I had to investigate alot and after some RTFM, google around and ask for advice on the linmodems.org list, I finally tracked it down - see the story at gentoo forum .
Wireless LAN: still to be investigated.Having managed to do all this, you're ready to install your favorite Desktop - 'emerge kde' ).
Have fun !