Finally. I had in my hands a netbook, Lenovo S10 to be precise.
Let's see. The netbook itself is pretty sleek (thanks abdza for mentioning about it in his blog last year). I got myself a black one.
The keyboard needs some adjusting to; ie tab key, right shift key, tilde and numerical keys (since the layout has shifted compared to what I'm used to on my HP nx8200). Those with large hands/fingers, better buy your selves an external (rollable) keyboard!
The netbook came with XP, but that didn't last long :P I only booted to XP once, to see how it fared.
Then, I booted to Fedora 10 with a USB external DVD drive and started installation.
Initial boot up after install was a bit longish, what with all the default services. In the end, I only enabled these services:
[root@mine kdie]# chkconfig |grep 5:on acpid 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off cpuspeed 0:off 1:on 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off crond 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off haldaemon 0:off 1:off 2:off 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off iptables 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off irqbalance 0:off 1:off 2:off 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off messagebus 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:off 4:on 5:on 6:off microcode_ctl 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off rsyslog 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off sshd 0:off 1:off 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off udev-post 0:off 1:on 2:on 3:on 4:on 5:on 6:off
When booting without rhgb and quiet, I saw "Could not detect stabilization, waiting 10 seconds" message. To cut this 10 seconds, create a new initrd image:
mkinitrd -f /boot/newimg.img kernel-version
and change grub.conf
With these setup, it took about 35 seconds from grub menu to kdm/gdm greeting screen. Pity I didn't record the XP boot time.
Key mappings such as brightness setting (Fn Arrow up/down), audio (Fn arrow left/right), camera (Fn Esc) and wireless (either the dedicated button or Fn F5) works out of the box. So do power management features such as suspend, hibernate and resume.
Getting longer battery life was the next step. Ran powertop and a little googling and put the recommendations to rc.local. Here's mine:
echo ondemand > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/scaling_governor echo ondemand > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu1/cpufreq/scaling_governor cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/ondemand/sampling_rate_max > /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu0/cpufreq/ondemand/sampling_rate echo 1500 > /proc/sys/vm/dirty_writeback_centisecs echo 20 > /proc/sys/vm/dirty_ratio echo 10 > /proc/sys/vm/dirty_background_ratio echo 1 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/sched_smt_power_savings echo 10 > /sys/module/snd_hda_intel/parameters/power_save echo 5 > /proc/sys/vm/laptop_mode #Decrease power usage of USB while idle [ -w /sys/bus/usb/devices/1-5/power/level ] && echo auto > /sys/bus/usb/devices/1-5/power/level [ -w /sys/bus/usb/devices/5-5/power/level ] && echo auto > /sys/bus/usb/devices/5-5/power/level
Battery lasted 3.5 hours, give or take. That's with wireless on.
Wireless didn't work out of the box. However, with a yum -y install broadcom-wl (from rpmfusion.org), and a reboot, we have connection. That simple.
My Huawei e220 modem works ootb. Real plug and play at work. Connecting to the net via bluetooth using my mobile phone works too.
Now, determining the window manager - which should I use? I tried lxde, xfce, kde and fluxbox. In the end, I think i'll make use of kde4 and fluxbox, with more time on fluxbox. Any WM would work, methinks. KDE4 is still snappy, however the RAM usage is a bit higher compared to when i'm using fluxbox (with kde apps such as konsole, klipper, guidance-power-manager, basket, etc).
Starting oowriter the first time was snappy too, took about 20 seconds. The next start took less time ~ 5-7 seconds.
All in all, Fedora 10 runs well on Lenovo S10. Not much tinkering required to run it. The netbook itself is useful for coding, surfing, troubleshooting on the go. If you want to run linux on a netbook, get S10.
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