SONY VAIO VPCW21M1E white
I've got a new toy - small SONY VAIO netbook. Intel Atom N450, 10 inch
LED 1366x768, RAM 1GB, 250GB. Interesting machine.
I've spent a week with it. Few moments with Windoze to realize I'm now
able to use it (OK, not a surprise, I knew it before) ;-)
Here are some notes about the machine and about my tries with openSUSE
11.2 on it.
BIOS - insyde. No documentation, no user guide, nothing about the
computer. Ten minutes trying to get there. Eventually found it (F1 or
F2, don't know which one). PXE works. It also boots from USB! I was
not able to test booting from SD - would be very killer app for me!
Trying openSUSE 11.2. When the download finished, I remember I have a
boxed version on my desk 8)
Too many typos in the Czech version. (E.g. famous "dispaly" which I
IMO already reported few years ago...). The combination of English and
Czech is strange.
NetworkManager - still issues, unusable (listing hidden networks as
Insecure even where it has WPA2 password stored etc...), slow compared
to the ifup approach. I'm back with ifup, because I just want to use
the system, not hack around all bugs in it.
Reboot doesn't reboot. The system halts, doesn't power off, and drains
the battery/Temelin. Ups.
KDE in Czech is half Czech, too many English strings there, sometimes
intermixed which is funny (Add vs. Upravit)...
I wanted to save some disk space (USB mass storage now because I want
to test both environments there), thus I want to delete OOo. It is
almost impossible. YaST interface for handling RPM packages is almost
unusable, dependency hell also doesn't help.
What works and is a surprise to me? Close the lid, it
suspends. Correctly. At least suspend to RAM. Suspend to disk doesn't
work. You can't save more than 1 GB of RAM into 512 MB even when
compressing... OK, someone has to warn the user somewhere in the
process. Not that easy, I think. And I have to buy more memory and
reshuffle the swap/partitioning anyway.
Volume keys work too (+, -, Mute)! Brightness keys don't work (already
reported bug in Qt/KDE). I can fix the brightness using the Power
manager GUI (ie. to Xtreme Powersave) though.
Firefox in full screen rocks on the display. Very sharp and clear
Camera and microphone works perfectly in Skype.
SD cards work perfectly (after inserting the card, KDE wants me to
decide if I want to open digikam or file manager to the volume).
I'll add more notes later.