Linux on a Toshiba Satellite A300 11X part 3

This is the third and last post of a series of posts where I talk about my experience with linux and my new laptop a Toshiba Satellite A300 11X.

You can read part 1 and part 2 as well.

After Debian I gave Ubuntu a try. I considered Fedora as well because I think it’s a pretty damn good distro but in the end I didn’t want to loose all the goodness from apt and aptitude :)

I installed Ubuntu trough the alternate CD because the livecd didn’t run and also because this way I have more control over my partition table.

The instalation went well as usual. Hardy’s kernel has a bug and so it doesn’t recongnize Marvell Yukon 88E8040T ethernet card which I already knew but in this case thia was no problem because I had wireless available and could update and get my lan card recognized.

The screen resolution was not right, but installing the ATI fglrx driver trough restricted drivers manager did the trick.

All the suspend/resume stuff worked out-off-the box as well as power saving, multimedia keys, webcam, microfone… well, everything that I’ve tested so far (didn’t test hdmi, card reader).

All in all I must say that, having wireless available, hardy is the distro to install tought I’ve heard Fedora works well with this hardware but I didn’t really test :).

I’m really happy with the laptop and with Ubuntu running on it! Hope this can help anyone with a similar laptop!


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