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Old 01-19-2007, 07:56 AM   #1
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Most suitable distro for laptops.


I am looking for the most suitable distro for laptops. I did try searching the forums, but no thread exists for the particular topic of laptops.

Here are some of the requirements:

- Configure ACPI events (lid close, power button etc) automatically, and allow me to configure them
- Configure the hotkeys (volume, mute, sleep etc) automatically
- Adjust CPU frequency according to the load
- Adjust the resolution appropriately - 1280x800 in my case

Icing on the cake would be having XGL/AIGLX and beryl/compiz .
ATM, ubuntu satisfies all the requirements mentioned above, except hibernate does not work. Also, the software in ubuntu is quite outdted, and not updated frequently. I can't wait 6 months to get the latest stuff
I tried Suse 10.2, but since it has RC xorg, 915resolution does not work, so my resolution is stuck at 1024x768.

Can someone please suggest me a distro that would satisfy the above needs ? The laptop in question is Acer Travelmate 3260.

Thanks a lot !
Old 01-19-2007, 09:29 AM   #2
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Go to and look around. There is no "best," there is only what suits you.
Old 01-19-2007, 10:45 AM   #3
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I use Suse 10.2 on a Dell D600 without any htiches. It works like a charm, and I have no problems with the display resolution. I also use it in a docking station with an external DVI LCD monitor, and my resolution is correct when docked, and also when undocked.
Old 01-20-2007, 08:03 AM   #4
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rickh: I don't know where to start from. As I said, the few distros I did try have a fault or two.

coeus76: True, but I was told in the suse IRC channel that 915resolution does not work in suse because of the RC release of xorg..
By the way, is that true ?


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