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Old 07-27-2009, 04:50 AM   #1
tanaselia
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Notebooks and netbooks Slackware-friendly


At the time being, which are the most Slackware-friendly notebooks/netbooks out there? Can someone share their experience on running a recent version of Slackware (12+) on a recent netbook/notebook?
 
Old 07-27-2009, 05:00 AM   #2
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I have 12.2 running on my Acer Aspire One with no real problems. The wireless network interface is an Atheros thing and the in-kernel driver doesn't work, so you have to get a different version of MadWifi (there's info here). Other than that, Slackware runs just fine.
 
Old 07-27-2009, 05:15 AM   #3
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I would definately recommend Slackware 13 over previous Slackware versions when it comes to portable machines.
 
Old 07-27-2009, 05:16 AM   #4
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13 hasn't been released yet, it's still in the RC stage (even though it's close to being released).
 
Old 07-27-2009, 05:28 AM   #5
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I run slackware-current (soon to become Slackware 13.0) on my Asus Eeepc 1000H.
All the hardware is supported out of the box:
  • Ralink wireless (rt2860 driver)
  • Gbit LAN (atl1e driver)
  • Webcam (linux-uvc compatible, uses the uvcvideo driver)
  • Audio
  • Bluetooth
  • SD card reader
  • etc...

I have a eeepc-acpi-scripts package which enables several of the extra keys on the eeepc (volume control, wireless/bluetooth radio on/off, webcam on/off, suspend, etc...)

I run KDE4 as my default desktop environment and the intel driver allows me to have desktop effects enabled (using accelerated OpenGL) - sometimes a bit slow but fast enough considering this is a netbook.

With wireless enabled, as well as using the KDE4 compositing desktop, I still get around 6 hours out of a single batttery charge.

Eric
 
Old 07-27-2009, 06:14 AM   #6
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Asus EeePC 901 with SSDs: Everything works out-of-the-box pretty well with 2 exceptions.
With stock kernel from slackware-12.2, the wlan-chip does not work. I updated the kernel and it works like a charm.
With slackware-current, the X.org-Intel-thing has to be noticed. This seems to be under heavy developement and the newest packages, provided by rworkman, work excellent.

cu
 
Old 07-27-2009, 06:47 AM   #7
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Dell Mini 9 here, running -current.
All hardware works fine, although I replaced the Broadcom wireless card (ugh) with an Intel one, although the Broadcom one works fine too.
 
Old 07-27-2009, 08:31 AM   #8
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Asus EeePc 901 here with SSD. So far everything works like a charm. The rt2860-chipset is available through /staging and the other devices work out of the box with current kernel.

BTW: Why do they stop shipping their Netbooks with SSD? One of the major benefits of these small but handy machines IS the SSD. Why the heck should I want a HD in a ultra-portable Device? All the newer Netbooks seem more like smaller Notebooks to me ...
 
Old 07-27-2009, 08:43 AM   #9
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Slackware current on my hp2133 mininote. Video works with the svn openchrome driver (get it from openchrome.org), but not with 3d acceleration. I think I had to manually make it modprobe the b43 driver and the e_powersaver module for frequency scaling of the cpu, but it works fine now.

Glad to be back to Slackware.
 
Old 07-27-2009, 08:53 AM   #10
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I have installed 12.2 on three laptops, old and new. The newest one is a Dell X1, very slim with no optical drive. The installation off a USB key was very easy apart from one minor hurdle: I had to run and exit setup in order to mount the USB device, before running setup again and installing from the USB folders.

No problems with wireless or display.
 
Old 07-27-2009, 08:53 AM   #11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ap0calypse View Post
BTW: Why do they stop shipping their Netbooks with SSD? One of the major benefits of these small but handy machines IS the SSD. Why the heck should I want a HD in a ultra-portable Device? All the newer Netbooks seem more like smaller Notebooks to me ...
Because HDDs are cheaper and xp is too big to be really usable on SSDs.

Last edited by bonaire; 07-27-2009 at 09:06 AM.
 
Old 07-27-2009, 09:10 AM   #12
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Quote:
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Because HDDs are cheaper and xp is too big to be really usable on SSDs.
That's maybe true for Windows. But I don't even find any models by now that have a SSD in them with Linux. I'm glad that I already have my 901 with SSD. I guess it's my last one if they don't start manufacturing machines with SSDs again.
 
Old 07-27-2009, 10:56 AM   #13
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Dunno if you'd class it as a notebook, but I got 12.2 working on a dell xpsM1330 (got the wireless working last night too, thanks to Alien Bob's wiki )
 
Old 07-27-2009, 02:57 PM   #14
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Current64 installed without any issues on an Acer 3050*. I had problems with kernel 2.6.26.x and acpi don't working (fan, battery, etc).

*I got used to madwifi so don't bothered to try ath5k
 
Old 07-28-2009, 05:24 PM   #15
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I have Slack64-current running on my Compaq CQ60-215DX. No issues except for the wireless. I had hand set it up and got it working okay, then someone mentioned using wicd. I changed my editing back and installed it. It is a really slick program for wireless.
 
  


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