A friend of mine asked me to help him set up linux on his newly purchased Lenovo laptop (doesn’t have an OS preinstalled). Few observations:
Ubuntu Intrepid failed to install on this laptop (messed up X resolution when it goes to the ubiquity setup screen).
Fedora 10 does install successfully.
There are two hardware gotchas that do not work after install, namely, the touchpad and the wireless. The laptop’s webcam gets detected and runs out of the box.
For the touchpad problem, disabling then enabling the touchpad by pressing the Fn+F8 key combination on the login screen twice does the trick.
As the wifi card of this laptop uses the Broadcom chipset, we have to install the Broadcom driver from the non-free repository of the rpmfusion website:
su -c ‘rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm’
and then running
yum install broadcom-wl
and then rebooting the laptop will enable the user to use his wifi with no problems at all.