Originally Posted by magcom2000
the last paragraph in the link in the previous post reads
If you're a Linux devotee, though, walk away. We tried Ubuntu, Puppy, DSL and Knoppix on it, but there's something here that halts the boot process every time, though we haven't yet worked out what it is
they may not have worked it out but i spent a long time with my brother in laws X56 and have established that the problem seems to be with the PCI interrupt controller built in to the machine but with a little work you can get linux installed and working the only thing i have not looked at getting working is the SD Card slot
I Agree. They have not done their journalist jobs that well, the problem is the SD Card reader and the network interface. If u use the 8139too driver it will halt (for me anyway). The 8239cp works just great.
And since i find that all mayor distros loads just about anything it frezzes the install.
I use Gentoo since u got some nice boot loading options like "nodetect" and then you load all modules u know will be working.
I dont recommend Gentoo to people that never used a Linux based OS before unless you read the installations guides on www.gentoo.org
Its simple logic for those who has been using linux for a while.
We should make a howto installation guide for diffrent distros. Anyone up for this?