Here I sit with my brand new Gateway
Gateway M280EbMicrosoft® Windows® XP Tablet PC EditionIntel® Pentium® M Processor 750 (1.86GHz, 533MHz FSB, 2MB L2 cache) 1024MB 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM (2-512MB modules) ATI Radeon X600 64MB Graphics w/ HyperMemory Technology 14.0" WXGA TFT Active Matrix (1280 x 768 max. resolution) with Rotating Hinge for Tablet FunctionalityGateway Executive Stylus w/ Continuous Sensing Technology80GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive Modular 8x Multi-Format Double Layer DVD Writer (DVD±R/±RW/CD-RW)7-in-1 media card reader (Memory Stick®, Memory Stick Pro®, MultiMediaCard™, Secure Digital™, xD Picture Card, Mini Secure Digital™:, RS-MultiMediaCard™)Integrated 802.11b/g wireless networking cardPrimary 8-cell Lithium ion battery with AC pack and 1 yr. limited battery warrantyTPM - Embedded security chip for user authentication and data protection (version 1.2 ready)Full-Size Keyboard and EZ Pad® Pointing DeviceIntegrated sound and stereo speakers, headphone/speaker jack, and mic jacks
I figured there was hope for it. After all, there is wacom tablet support in PCLos. The tablet is supposed to be recognized as that. I seem to have a major keyboard problem. I tried booting from the .92 disk. The screen is too large but I can work around that. Then I discovered that the keyboard acts as if the function key is always pressed down. My thoughts were that they goofed on the computer and had the toggle backwards. Back to Windows and I find it is right. I put the cd in and it boots with the right letters in the right places up to the KDE log in screen. Seems good.I log in and watch the gui load. It is too large for the screen but I know how to adjust that. But the adjustment requires a reboot - not much good from a live CD. I can't get to the menu at the bottom because it is off the screen. I try the "windows" key to get my menu. No such luck.I discover I can get to menus by using konqueror and using the menu to go to console. I do the MCC command and try to change the video but no luck without a reboot. I try a number of options including XFdrake. Again, a reboot is required.Going into the MCC is the first time I realized I had a BIG problem When I would type su it would show up on the screen as s4. The function keys are overlaid on the uiopjkl;m,./ keys. That means to use those keys I discovered I needed to hold down the function key when I would press them. I figured out how to su and put in my password and access the different menus. I have not found anything that restores the keys to the proper sequence. Since it is at KDE that everything switches that leads me to believe I might need to try a gnome product.Any brilliant ideas out there? Not that I expect any. I have had the tablet for 48 hours and tried to go into PCLos twice with the same results - using two different CDs - one a fresh burn that checked out. I have some more live CDs to try but am about to the point of saying this
computer might stay without Linux. To think I came within a hair's breath of buying a mac instead of this one.
Then again, daughter is drooling over this one without even seeing it.
I am not totally defeated yet but definitely close on my first distro to try.