Well, I run a Acer 5002 much like yours and of about 5 flavors including Ubuntu - I find that the boxed SuSE 10 upto and including 10.2 openSuSE run supurbly with 10.2 doing the best. You have to tweek the wifi because I haven't found any distro that just loaded it and off you go - and make sure you load "all" the laptop criteria of programs and utilities. I load all the mono.net stuff, gtk2, qt3, ruby, c compilers and c++ stuff, awk, all the *ash's, don't load Opera it's worthlessly slow and over built, just use Firefox and Mozilla. I unmark Postgre and load MySQL and all the LAMP stuff. The drivers are found automatically and I haven't had any problems with any of them yet. I don't have any idea how to get a 3D Accellerater driver going so you can figure that one out your ownself. I load all of openOffice 2.0.4(whatever) and all of KDE and KOffice for French and English. I still haven't found any programs that you can just click on and get all the programs you need for playing AVI's, Jpegs, Mpegs and other stuff I think have been patented to the hilt so I have to do a manual install of EnjoyMPEG and it's patches...but, it's not worked on anymore so what you get is it...no more updates. I'm not much of movie maker so whatever Linux has for that I don't know how to use so someone else can answer that question. I load all the non-3D games cause the 3D ones won't run hense no 3D drivers. But, all in all - I've been working with SuSE since it's inception when it was first created from Slackware -- and I love them both for different reasons...Slackware challenges me -- whilst openSuSE let's me be a complete Linux Wimp. I program in both of them and do a lot of webstuff and photo alterations with GIMP.
So -- Next to openSuSE 10.2, if I were you -- I would look real hard at Ubuntu 6.1 and after that Mandriva2007 (wonderful flavor). Actually - I like working with Mandriva2007 best because it's simpler for me and more like Windows (whatever) . These are the only 3 flavors that I feel are respectful of the laptop in ease of loading a dual boot system so I recommend them above all others. Don't use Redhat - I think RedHat (Fedora) sucks. Why -- because I don't like RedHat and never have and never will. Why -- who cares -- they suck. Ah really - that company is just as bad as Microsoft as far as spying on you. That's my opinion anyhow. It's just a matter of time until the Linux FAT systems are sending information secretively back to the manufacturers -- just like Microsoft's FAT file systems do now -- little chunks at a time. Eh - who cares
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