I received this laptop on 3 October 2007.
Linux runs beautifully on it. Some of the hardware is very new, so a recent kernel (>=2.6.22) is necessary to get things going smoothly.
|CPU||Intel Core 2 Duo T7700 (2 CPUs : 2.40 GHz, 4Mb unified cache)|
|Memory||2048 Mb DDR-II @ 200 MHz FSB|
|Screen||15.4" WSXGA LED, 1400x900 pixels|
|Storage||160 GB 5400rpm Fujitsu hard drive (MHW2160B)|
|Optical drive||DVD-RW (GSA S10N)|
|Network||Integrated Marvell Yukon2 10/100/1000Base-T PCI Express ethernet adapter|
|Integrated Atheros (AR5418) PCI Express wireless LAN adapter (802.11a/b/g/n)|
|Sound||Integrated Intel High Definition Audio (Sigmatel 992x) controller|
This chart represents the compatibility of the main laptop components with Linux. It is not meant to be a definitive guide, because eventually with the growing and further development of existing device drivers, these compatibilities tend to improve.
|CPU||Perfect||The dual core 64bit CPU really shines on Linux.||info/cpu
|Battery||Perfect||Standard and well supported control mode battery.||info/power|
|Sound||Perfect||Alsa > 1.0.15 is necessary because of important fixes in the detection routine of the intel_hda driver. This is a recent driver that is included since kernel version 2.6.24.||info/sound|
|Video display card||Partial||info/display|
|Wireless||Partial||The only non ndis-wrapped driver is supplied by the helpful guys at www.madwifi.org. However, up to version 0.9.4 (2008-02), there is no support for this chip. Not all is lost, though because support is in their SVN code base. Such an unstable driver needs to be updated frequently and sometimes crashes consistently, so some extra skill and patience is required.||info/wireless|
|USB||Perfect||No comments; Just works.||info/usb|
|Touchpad||Perfect||This touchpad is if great quality, but really needs some heavy tweaking or an extra button to replace a mouse...||info/touchpad