This post is mostly for the benefit of any other poor sods trying to run Linux on a Fujitsu-Siemens Amilo L7320GW, but it touches on general problems with penguins and laptops.
These are the data points as of the current posting date:
- Tried CentOS 5.0 and, while it worked reasonably well, resuming from suspend or hibernation failed (disk spins up but screen is blank and there’s no network or response). A modified Suspend2 kernel from the extra repos also failed. However, I recall that the
pm-hibernatescript worked, just not any of the GUI-driven options. I abandoned CentOS as it wasn’t really targeted at laptops.
- Resume from hibernation (i.e. to disk) works with recent kernels in Fedora 8, but resuming from suspend (i.e. to RAM) still fails as above. If you use KDE, I strongly suggest installing KPowerSave via YUM instead of relying on the default applet. (Annoyingly, there’s no suspend option from the login menu.)
- X11 works once you locate a working xorg.conf for this model or similar via Google. Use the Openchrome display driver (may not be installed by default).
- Audio works once you ensure that the pulseaudio daemon is running and the KDE pulseaudio RPM is installed.
- Wifi works with the madwifi driver from the Livna repo (not the included ath5k), but there are various reported bugs with NetworkManager and WPA encryption; it seems to ignore a correctly configured (working) wpa_supplicant config and ask for keys anyway, then fail to reconnect after a resume. The best solution I’ve found so far with a permanent (i.e. home or office) network is to disable NM and use the static
networkrc script (which fails initially because wpa_supplicant won’t be running yet, but is needed to bring the interface up for the latter), then add
In all honesty, I would have reinstalled XP by now if the machine didn’t hang while booting from the CD, purely to regain hassle-free wifi and suspend. Fingers crossed, I might now have an adequately working system - if further annoyances occur, there’s a real danger that this laptop will be heading binwards. In pieces.
(Doesn’t the Asus Eee PC look great?!)