In the last few days I’ve tried installing both Fedora Core 5 and Ubuntu Dapper Beta on my Acer Travelmate 4101WLMi (i915 graphics version). There’s a huge difference compared to earlier versions, such as Ubuntu Breezy. I didn’t need any extra boot options, and I get working networking and audio, though FC5 doesn’t ship the firmware, and it’s difficult to find the correct version of it and install it.
The Ubuntu Dapper Beta now uses the LiveCD installer. They seem to be moving to that, instead of the regular Debian installer. It’s a bit confusing still, and the partitioning bit is particularly flaky for me, but just having the ability for people to take screenshots of the installer (because you have the rest of the desktop to use too) must help them to improve it.
I notice that the Dapper Beta CD doesn’t use Network Manager anymore, so you now have to manually configure the wireless connection, but it did at least show my wireless network name without me having to type it in. I loved how network manager just did the right thing without me lifting a finger, but I guess it has some problems still.
I still don’t have widescreen resolution. Setting a mode to 1280×800 with 915resolution just gives me a scrolling desktop. Setting all the modes to 1280×800 gives me an Xorg crash with a “no screens found” message. This is becoming a bit annoying.