Phil Knirsch wrote:
I've just wanted to say welcome to everyone who joined the
in the last few days after the annoucement that i'd be starting to work
on improving Fedora Core and laptops.
I joined the list a few months ago, and it's been so quiet I'd almost
forgotten about it, hopefully the publicity will ramp up the volume a
I have run Fedora from FC1 through to FC6T1 on a Dell D800 laptop, with
gradual improvements each time, e.g. LCD resolution, WiFi without
building my own kernel, NTFS with the help of other repos rather than
rebuilding my own kernel.
I like the new battery information and charge/power graphs in the latest
Gnome power manager, helps to show where the juice goes.
Suspend/Hibernate/Resume is still an issue for me, it quite surprises me
that this is the default when running on battery, as it means closing
the lid is guaranteed to crash the laptop when it tries to resume.
Bluetooth with the Dell inbuilt transceiver works, but I had to manually
# hidd --search
to use my bluetooth mouse, the gnome bluetooth manager would detect it
but not make a connection, not tried bluetooth GPRS connection to phone,
but I presume that's straightforward.
I use the machine in various configurations depending where it is in use
a) undocked with internal LCD
b) docked with only external LCD
c) docked with internal *and* external LCDs
it would be nice to have on-the-fly screen detection, which I gather is
on the cards with FC6, though my initial experiments with using DDC have
been mixed so far, I can manage using ctrl-alt-plus/minus to manually
I think the only hardware that's not supported by linux on the machine
is the Texas Instruments smartcard reader,
I've been running xen kernels too, semi-pointelss for me at the moment,
as I don't need multiple linux instances on a laptop, but I'll probably
upgrade the laptop to one with T2700 dual core to get VT and allow
concurrent XP + Linux, instead of dual-booting.