The base Red Hat install (from CD, after booting from the CD) was quite painless, as usual. I used text mode install, out of habit.
The X server setup within the installer worked fine, once I told the
setup program that the screen was a Dell 1400x1050 laptop display (or
something like that) and actually told it to use 1400x1050 (for some
reason it wanted to default to 1024x768). It didn't detect the DPI
correctly, and since I'm picky about that, I added "-dpi 116" to the X
server arguments in
/etc/X11/gdm/gdm.conf (in the
[server-Standard] section -- I also like to add "-nolisten
tcp" for an extra layer of security) and changed the DPI to 116 (for
Xft) in Preferences | Font.
There were a few problems, though.
The kernel doesn't ship with a driver for the Broadcom 4401. There seem to be two drivers floating around: one written by somebody at Broadcom, and a second (correctly designed, they say) that's going to be incorporated into the kernel. I used the former because it was easier to install.
I built and installed the Broadcom
driver (from their driver download
page) using the makefile provided
make install, if I recall), added
alias eth0 bcm4400 to
rebooted, and Red Hat's hardware detection took care of the rest during
the next bootup.
To be figured out and written. Discussion of problems on similar laptops:
Update: With Fedora Core 2, I have a working battery meter, but not suspend and resume. With Fedora Core 1 I hade the same, after turning ACPI on.
Update: The default CPU speed is half speed, and you
must use cpuspeed if you ever want it to increase. On Fedora
Core 2, I added the following to
DRIVER="acpi" OPTS="-i 2 -t /proc/acpi/thermal_zone/*/temperature 75"
(Note that the
-i 2 is to work around a
Update: Using two pages (one, two) on the Dell D600 I was hoping to get suspend/resume working. The kernel alone, plus rmmod of the usb drivers, wasn't sufficient, but I may investigate more.
See also how I set up sendmail on this machine.
(Back to Linux, David Baron)