My Wife is a teacher and wanted "one of these small PC thingies" to
carry around all day.
So I bought her a Dell Inspiron Duo, because she also wants "one of
those touch pad thingies" ;-)
Since all of our household PCs run OpenSuse the Netbook had to have it
too. I was tempted to go for a more touch friendly Linux distro like
Meego but decided against it. The differences would have been to
confusing for the user. Btw. I will try to get a refund or at least
store credit for the unused/unwanted Windows that came with the Netbook.
I will Post here how that goes.
The Inspiron Duo has no DVD Drive so I installed using an external USB
Drive (had no 4GB+ Stick). The installation went without fuzz ( Follow
Instructions on: http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:Live_USB_stick ):
- Download the install ISO
Patch the iso for USB Booting:
# zypper in syslinux# isohybrid openSUSE-11.4-DVD-x86_64.iso
Copy the ISO to the drive
# sudo zypper in ddrescue# sudo umount /dev/sdXY# dd_rescue openSUSE-11.4-KDE-LiveCD-x86_64.iso /dev/sdXY
Boot from the USB drive
- The Touch screen -> Works after installing Drivers
- The Microphone (Speakers work) -> Works after setting Sound Module
- The KDE Networkmanager -> Works after upgrading KDE (WLAN itself
work out of the Box)
This is actually not related to the Inspiron DUO. But since the DUO has
WLAN only I had to have it fixed.
The KDE Networkmanager that comes with OpenSuse 11.4 (+Updates) seems to
broken for some Intel WLAN Cards. I have the same problem with Dell
E6500. The Networkmanager will simply drop connections with WPA2 after a
few Minutes/Seconds. For no good reason.
My fix: Upgrade to KDE 4.7 (see
sudo zypper ar --check --refresh http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Release:/47/openSUSE_11.4/ KDE47-Coresudo zypper ar --check --refresh http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/KDE:/Extra/KDE_Release_47_openSUSE_11.4/ KDE47-Extrasudo zypper dup
I installed Chrome as the default Browser. It simply behaves better that
Firefox on low Power Devices.
The chromeTouch Extension enables Touch Pad like scrolling.
I use Kvkbd as an on Screen (touch) keyboard
From the OpenSuse Education Projects
( http://en.opensuse.org/Portal:Education ) I installed: