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socceroos 05-13-2009 08:43 PM

Need help deciding to buy Sony Vaio P Series netbook
I'm trying to ascertain whether or not I should by the Sony Vaio P series netbook. Its an absolutely marvellous piece of hardware - but I need to know if Linux will run on it.

Specifically, does anyone else own one of these and have they had experience installing a recent Linux Distro on it?

I need the following to work:

> wireless
> 3G modem
> WebCam
> Keyboard shortcuts (not as important)
> External dongle on Sony proprietary port that has Ethernet and Monitor ports (very important)

Please let me know if you can confirm or deny any of this hardware working on a recent Linux Distro.

Thanks guys!

socceroos 05-13-2009 11:18 PM

Ok, I've done a *lot* of Googling and have discovered that the video chipset (Intel GMA 500) is causing huge problems in the Linux world.

Any laptop with this chipset is almost useless in Linux as Xorg runs very slow using the plain vesa driver.

There has been rumours that the Intel guys are going to start working on the driver and get a fully open source 2D implementation out in the next few months - but I don't see this happening. The GIT repository for the driver hosted at Intel hasn't been changed since the middle of last year.

Very depressing news indeed. I cannot find *anything* that looks as good as the Sony Vaio P series - its beautiful. =(


socceroos 10-18-2009 06:54 PM

Just an update for those of you still considering this laptop.

Work on the poulsbo driver (graphics driver for Intel GMA 500) has picked up a bit. The latest version of Mandriva (as of writing this post) and Ubuntu include the updated driver. This means that all functionality on this laptop should work out-of-the-box.

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