The problem of new hardware
When you go out to the shop for buying a new laptop, you know the guy who sells you this knows just enough to make sure you'll buy it. So you know you don't have to ask him if the new device is supported by Linux and if all nifty little features have commonly available drivers. So, before I went out to buy a new shiny portable, I checked the internet if other users already had the model and were using Linux on it.
So, now I have a brand new 12.1" Packard Bell EasyNote BU45-P-059 running OpenSuSE 10.2 and completely removed the Windows Vista Premium installation.
But, you've might have guessed it, some features don't work out-of-the-box:
- Realtek RTL8101E PCI Express Ethernet Interface (I do need it!)
- Syntek VGA Webcam USB2.0
- Multicard reader (haven't really tested it yet, cause this is something I don't need)
So, in today I start my search for finding solutions to overcome these hick-ups and when I do find it, this is the place where you can read about it.