I recently bought a Fujitsu-Siemens LIFEBOOK S-4572 (sub)notebook on eBay for less than 150 Euros, a really great little machine.
It's a Pentium III, 750 MHz, 256 MB RAM (the chipset cannot handle more than that unfortunately), 12.1" screen, ethernet, 2x USB 1.1, CD-ROM/DVD reader + CD-ROM writer, PCMCIA, IrDA, modem, and a 15 GB hard drive. No floppy, no serial ports, no parallel port. There's no wireless builtin, but I use a cheapo PCMCIA adapter.
The greatest feature compared to all other laptops I previously owned is that the battery life is really great, it lasts almost 3 hours (compare that to 45 minutes on my current "main" laptop).
I'm running Debian unstable on the box (of course). Here's the Linux support status as far as I have tested things:
Works out of the box using the
Works out of the box using the
Works out of the box, using either the
vesa or the
ati driver (at a max. resolution of 1024x768).
Works out of the box. Using the
Option "SHMConfig" "on" line in
InputDevice section (using the
synaptics driver) also works fine and allows you to scroll using the touchpad, e.g. in a browser. More info in the SynapticsTouchpad page on the Debian wiki.
Reading CD-ROMs and DVDs as well as burning CD-ROMs works fine. I don't think the drive is capable of writing DVDs.
Displaying the screen contents on an external VGA monitor (or beamer) works just fine, switching is done using
Works fine, tested using the Sitecom WL-112 wireless card. The driver installation for that is straight-forward, too:
$ apt-get install rt2500-source $ m-a a-i rt2500-source $ dpkg -i /usr/src/rt2500*deb
All the Fn-keys work fine (brightness, volume, etc.). There are five other special keys (for starting a browser or something) which I haven't tested, but I don't really care...
Works fine, but it's only USB 1.1, so some higher-speed devices will not work (DVB-T USB devices for example; PCMCIA DVB-T adapters might work).
Untested, I don't care.
Powersaving, Suspend to RAM
It seems this CPU (Pentium III, Coppermine) doesn't support frequency scaling, so
cpufreq-set doesn't work. I'm using laptop-mode-tools to improve battery life a bit more, though. Also, Suspend-to-RAM works fine out of the box:
$ apt-get install hibernate $ hibernate-ram
Suspend-to-Disk works fine, too, even though I'm using a dm-crypt'ed disk (+ LVM), as with all my boxes:
00:00.0 Host bridge : Intel Corporation 82440MX Host Bridge [8086:7194] (rev 01) 00:00.1 Multimedia audio controller : Intel Corporation 82440MX AC'97 Audio Controller [8086:7195] 00:00.2 Modem : Intel Corporation 82440MX AC'97 Modem Controller [8086:7196] 00:07.0 Bridge : Intel Corporation 82440MX ISA Bridge [8086:7198] (rev 01) 00:07.1 IDE interface : Intel Corporation 82440MX EIDE Controller [8086:7199] 00:07.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82440MX USB Universal Host Controller [8086:719a] 00:07.3 Bridge : Intel Corporation 82440MX Power Management Controller [8086:719b] 00:12.0 Ethernet controller : Intel Corporation 82557/8/9 [Ethernet Pro 100] [8086:1229] (rev 09) 00:13.0 CardBus bridge : O2 Micro, Inc. OZ6933/711E1 CardBus/SmartCardBus Controller [1217:6933] (rev 02) 00:13.1 CardBus bridge : O2 Micro, Inc. OZ6933/711E1 CardBus/SmartCardBus Controller [1217:6933] (rev 02) 00:14.0 VGA compatible controller : ATI Technologies Inc Rage Mobility P/M [1002:4c52] (rev 64) 01:00.0 Network controller : RaLink RT2500 802.11g Cardbus/mini-PCI [1814:0201] (rev 01)
I'm really considering making this my "main" box even though it's a bit older/slower, as my current laptop with 45 minutes battery life is a major pain when travelling...