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I purchased a new Acer Aspire laptop. I test-drived Windows Vista for 4 days, during which it bluescreened on me twice. Today, I installed Ubuntu Feisty on it. Surprisingly, almost everything worked out of the box; only the maximum screen resolution obliged me to install 915resolution first, after which the 1280x800 resolution in Gnome came available. Even the built-in webcam worked without a problem ! Only shame that the default installation of Ubuntu doesn't support LVM.
I just have to resolve some problems with the wireless link, but that's probably due to some weird encryption algorithm I configure at my access point. Ubuntu has an excellent Linux on laptop wiki, where the Acer Aspire 5610 is described here.
The laptop is called Esgaroth to the city in the Long Lake, south of the Lonely Mountain and east of Mirkwood, as described in The Hobbit and in Lord of the Rings.


My naming system goes like this:
* wizards for desktops (saruman, olorin, radagast)
* members of the fellowship for mobile devices (elessar, aragorn, boromir)
* hobbits for printers (bilbo, frodo)
* third age elves for other local network devices (router: elrond)
* second age elves for remote network devices (elbereth is a dedicated server)

I allways choose cities for computer naming. After all, chosing persons may give weird and unwanted suggestions (kristof@boromir just sounds *weird* to me)

Ok, my wireless connection now works - I had to upgrade the firmware of my wireless router in order to get everything in order. Let the couch-surfing begin !