/>
X

openSuSE stumbles, Ubuntu shines

I tried loading openSuSE 11.0 on my Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook S2110 over the weekend.
j-a-watson.jpg
Written by J.A. Watson on

I tried loading openSuSE 11.0 on my Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook S2110 over the weekend. It's an AMD Turion 64-based system, and of course it seemed to load just fine. However, for some reason, it stumbled over the Alps touchpad. The touchpad was often completely unresponsive, and when it did work, it generally behaved as if I had drag-lock on all the time. That made it very difficult to use, and in particular I had a lot of trouble shutting down - in fact, it turned out to be a good thing that pressing the power button on the laptop triggers a shutdown.

In the office today, using the Logitech Alto notebook stand and a Logitech Cordless VX Nano mouse, it worked just fine - but the touchpad was still flaky when I tried it.

On the other hand, Ubuntu really shone this afternoon. I was trying to get the various Linux flavors on the S6510 set up so that I can use the higher resolution (1280x1024) external monitor when it is docked, and the lower resolution (1280x800) laptop screen when not docked. I have accepted the fact that, at least for the time being, Linux is not going to notice and auto-switch resolution, the way that Windows does (I have XP set up to automatically give me 1280x1024 when only the external monitor is present, i.e. docked and the laptop lid closed, 1280x800 when only the laptop display is present, i.e. not docked, and 1024x768 cloned when both displays are present). So now I am trying to figure out how much touble it would be to manually change the resolution depending on which display I am using.

It was dead easy with Ubuntu. Go to screen resolution, choose the value you want, and Bob's your uncle. I can live with that. But openSuSE was a different story, it didn't seem to want to actually change the resolution, no matter what I did. I selected 1280x1024, rebooted, closed the lid, booted with the lid closed, and everything else I could think of, and it never changed. Sigh. Mandriva was even more strange - when I boot with both displays connected, Mandriva comes up in 640x480 mode! I haven't figured that one out yet, but I'm sure that I'm doing something wrong, or have overlooked the setting that I need to change that.

jw 14/7/2008

Related

A United Airlines pilot made a big speech to passengers. Not everyone will love it
screen-shot-2022-08-09-at-9-39-33-am.png

A United Airlines pilot made a big speech to passengers. Not everyone will love it

Business
Dear American Airlines customers, your pilot today is a United Airlines trainee
gettyimages-1155904758-american-airlines-dreamliner2.jpg

Dear American Airlines customers, your pilot today is a United Airlines trainee

Business
An Apple employee told me the truth about the M2 MacBook Air (that was the problem)
screen-shot-2022-08-09-at-4-14-46-pm.png

An Apple employee told me the truth about the M2 MacBook Air (that was the problem)

Apple