These pages were originally written in 2006 when I had an Acer Aspire 5022. Things have moved on a lot since then - I've replaced it with a 5920g and the steps to get it working with Linux (sepcifically Mandrivalinux) have resolved down to almost nothing - it almost works out of the box.
Linux on an Acer Aspire 5920g
Mandriva 2009.1 (2009 Spring)
So far as I've tested everything works out of the box with the following exceptions:
- Sometimes the GUI won't start up the first time you boot. If this happens press ctrl+alt+f1 to get to a console, login as root, run telinit 3 to stop the GUI, run XFdrake to reconfigure it (make sure to change at least one thing under 'Options') and then telinit5 to restart the GUI.
- Resuming from suspend is a bit dodgy - sometimes it loses your logged-in session and forces you to login again and restart all your apps
- You need to start Skype with the pasuspender application as Skype still doesn't support Pulseaudio:
Install the package pulseaudio-utils with the software installer if pasuspender isn't there
Linux on an Acer Aspire 5022WLMi Howtos
The Acer Aspire 5022WLMi is a pretty good laptop, it has the AMD Turion 64 bit processor a large hard drive (~100GB) and a 3D card which is actually good enough to play games with. Not to mention its priced well when compared to similar computers from Dell etc. But, of course, what's the point of having a computer if it doesn't run Linux? Luckily with a little bit of setup Linux runs pretty well on this laptop.
The last version of Mandriva I used on this laptop was 2008.0. Things there mostly worked although the wireless could still be a bit fiddly. I would assume that things have moved on a lot since then (especially with the b43 wireless drivers project now integrated fully into the Kernel). However I can't guarantee that as I no longer have the laptop to test on.