Here’s the first report about the installation of Linux (Ubuntu “Hardy Heron” 8.04) on my new Asus U6/U6S, which seems to be identical with the Asus U6SG, without the 3G/UMTS Modem:
Working perfectly out of the box:
- Installation (Alternate install with full disk encryption)
- Graphics after Installation of the Nvidia driver from Ubuntu (Update, 2008/06/15: Dual-Screen magic works as well.)
- Wireless LAN with WPA
- Touchpad incl. Scrolling
- Fn-Keys for Brightness, Volume, Play, Pause, Skip
- Bluetooth (basic browsing for devices)
Tried and not yet working:
- Wake-up from stand-by seems to be globally broken in Ubuntu at this time
- Bluetooth mouse, even after manual intervention
Camera image is upside-down, due to the Linux UVC driver not supporting the vflip Option. (Updated 2008/06/15)(Solved! – 2008/07/08)
- SD-Card reader doesn’t show up as mass storage in the output from lsusb and doesn’t work. (Updated 2008/06/28.)
- HDMI, I need a DVI-D adapter for this.
- (Update, 2008/06/26) I don’t care for TPM.
- (Update, 2008/06/26) People who construct laptops with a glossy case and glossy display and believe at the same time that fingerprint security is a good thing, suffer from a major lack of security awareness. Here’s an article about taking fingerprints off glossy surfaces and faking authentication with them. So why bother about the fingerprint reader?
- Interaction with the WLAN/bluetooth “switch” on the left side of the case seems to be erratic.
- Ocassionally hangs in initrd stage, complaining about failed initialization of some USB device. Could be related to the WLAN-bluetooth switch. (Update, 2008/06/15: Re-installed with only /home encrypted, to reduce the potential impact of problems during initrd.) (Update, 2008/06/26: Unplugging the mouse usually makes the boot process proceed.)
- I seem to notice occasional situations where the display goes to full brightness when it should remain dimmed. (Update 2008/06/26: Resolved by unchecking the brightness options in Gnome’s power management control.)
- Webcam. See above.
So far, this is the most complete Linux support I’ve seen in a laptop. All neccessary features are working flawlessly. The one flaw I dislike the most is the missing Standby/Resume functionality.