I installed BLAG 70K on my new ACER Aspire 5315 a few days ago. Not bad and I am very happy to use a wholly free distro with it instead of Ubuntu 7.10, that was my first option to replace that Vista thing, which was shipped with the machine.
Nice thx :)
The problem is, even using the newest kernel in BLAG's repositories (the truly-free 18.104.22.168.1-1blag.f7) I can't make to work the sound card nor the wifi card. Also, I can't connect to the Internet using the regular ethernet port, while using this newest kernel ( for what I have seen using ifconfig and the gnome network applications, only the local loop interface is configured).
This is what lspci says about my hardware:
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
I think this is supported by the snd_hda_intel driver. Turn up the volume. :) (?)
05:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM5906M Fast Ethernet PCI Express (rev 02)
Not sure about this one in particular, but it may use the tg3 driver which may be broken in -libre kernel. Upstream from Linus it ships with proprietary firmware that isn't /required/ to use the card. I tried to remove the blob but leave the card still usable, but I don't think i've succeeded in that yet (gnewsense just yanks the whole driver).
06:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications, Inc. AR5006EG 802.11 b/g Wireless PCI Express Adapter (rev 01)
This looks like it may be the same thing that's in the EeePC. Someday (hopefully soon), it will be supported in the ath5k driver. Upstream is working on it. I have info about it and test drivers here:http://www.blagblagblag.org/pub/BLAG/de ... docs/wifi/http://www.blagblagblag.org/pub/BLAG/de ... ware/wifi/
For what I have read while googling, it is all pretty new hardware, so I find quite normal not to have much support except from the newest kernel which, possibly is crippled with many proprietary bits.
I don't mind not using the wifi card, but I hope the sound problem is not due to a binary-only issue in the kernel.
I would guess if it isn't in the ALSA that's in BLAG it is probably supported in the very latest ALSA releases upstream from them or will be supported RSN.