First and foremost, I was misinformed by some flyers about this notebook / laptop computer. They told me it was armed with an Intel 950 based onboard video system (which I'm very comfortable with in Slackware), but it turns out to be a SiS based video system! Specifically, X.org reports it as "(--) PCI:*(0:1:0:0) 1039:6351:1462:4360 Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 771/671 PCIE VGA Display Adapter rev 16, Mem @ 0xc0000000/268435456, 0xfdee0000/131072, I/O @ 0x0000cc00/128" in the log file. While everything (including the web camera!) worked in Xubuntu 9.10, the video system needed a little more work. And the best choice for me was a "beta" SiS driver. I was disappointed at first because I've always wanted software in their "stable" or "official" release, but the driver turned out to be not bad. It's pretty stable. There is no 3D support for this driver, but I don't need 3D. 🙂 So here's how you can setup Xubuntu 9.10 on this laptop:

1) Install Xubuntu 9.10 (64 bit).

2) Install this driver: http://www.malaya-digital.org/s671_x64_ubuntu_9.04.tar.gz . To install this driver:
-Unpack the archive
-Copy all files to /usr/lib/xorg/modules/drivers
3) Copy this file to /etc/X11 : http://www.malaya-digital.org/xorg.conf
4) Logout, and then you should be having the correct resolution and aspect ratio for your display. 🙂

Caveats: The xorg.conf file I've made may still need some optimization with refresh rates as I think my eyes are showing me some flickering sometimes.

General review of this laptop for GNU/Linux: I was hoping to setup Slackware64-13 on this laptop, but I had no luck. 🙁 I am starting to miss that distro, and the fvwm2 window manager. However, I won't complain too much, as I got the 64 bit Xubuntu 9,10 working on this computer. Performance is good, and the price is not too heavy. It has been serving me well for the past few months. 🙂