So I got tired of that, and got myself a very small (10.4" screen) VAIO. PIII-800 MHZ, 256 MB ram. Nope, not like 10 times faster, but I can't afford much more (I paid 200 euro's). It doesn't have a cd drive (well, an external one, firewire based), thus it's very light: only 1.2 kg!
Now how well does it work with linux (Kubuntu Feisty Fawn)? Almost perfect. Yes, really. suspend and hibernate both work (but choosing suspend hibernates the laptop, and hibernate suspends it...); the volume keys, mute, brightness - they all work. Different from the windows ones, where you first have to do Fn-F5 and use the arrows to change brightness, here Fn-F5 decreases, and Fn-F6 increases brightness. Same goes for volume, but who's complaining? I prefer it this way, actually...
Network works fine, I haven't tried wireless much yet, but it's pretty old (802.11b) so that might be a problem here and there. At least at home, it doesn't see my wireless network...
So, let's see how it works saturday.
And here, for the people from linux-on-laptops:
Installing Kubuntu Feisty Fawn (7.04) on Sony VAIO PCR-SRX41P
General Hardware Specifications of this VAIO:
Status under Linux
|Pentium III-M Processor, 800 MHz||Works||No special procedure required during installation.|
|10.4 SXGA TFT Display 1024x768||Works||No special procedure required during installation.|
|Intgrated 82815EM in Intel 815EM chipset(||Works||No special procedure required during installation.|
|256MB, PC100||Works||No special procedure required during installation|
|30 GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive||Works||No special procedure required during installation|
|Bluetooth||might work||I can't turn it on in linux (yet), so it doesn't work.|
|Integrated Network Card||Works||No special procedure required during installation|
|Internal 56k Modem||Not tested. It is a winmodem.||Should not be hard to get working but I don't need it.|
|external Firewire 24X Max Variable CD-ROM/DVD Drive||Works||No special procedure required during installation|
|Internal Intel Wireless Networking (802.11b)||Works||No special procedure required during installation|
|Lithium-Ion Battery||Works||Guidance Power Manager DOES show time left properly, but the icons shows up always red|
|Internal Intel AC'97 soundcard||Works|
No special procedure required
This laptop is operating under Kernel version 2.6.20
- KDE battery meter doesn't function correctly
- Fn + F2: Mute
- Fn + F3: Volume down
- Fn + F4: Volume up
- Fn + F5: Brightness down
- Fn + F6: Brightness up