Ubuntu8.10 works good in my Acer Aspire 5315
It will automatically detect the sound card and wired network which work good normally. But you have to configure the following things manually.
1. MP3, DVDsupport & Webcam driver support
The best suggestion I suggest is download and install the latest VLCplayer, which includes all general media files support and even it detects the Crystal Eye Webcam also. I have given you the procedure to install VLCplayer from the web repository of ubuntu8.10.
% sudo apt-get update
% sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-esd mozilla-plugin-vlc
It is obvious that incase of root user, that sudo is not required.
2. Wifi / Wireless LAN in Ubuntu8.10
The given version of the kernel has not provide support for wifi for the laptop that I have specified in the title.
To check the wifi driver is detected or not
% sudo lspci | grep âAtherosâ
The device specified will be displayed in the case of the device is detected properly, the prompt will be shown otherwise.
% sudo apt-get install linux-backports-modules-intrepid-generic
which is used to install the new kernel1 i.e., 2.26.27-11-generic. Then reboot the system once. Boot the machine to the kernel, which is recently installed. Wifi will work good.
Remember that this is the procedure for configuring ubuntu8.10 in the specified laptop only. I hope the same steps will help you to configure for other company laptops also.
1the old kernel removal is not required