OK. I might have overdone it a bit. It's a large machine for a laptop.
|Model||:||Dell Precision M90|
|42,4 mm x 394 mm x 288 mm|
|Processor||:||Intel Centrino Duo T2600 @ 2.16 GHz|
|2MB L2 cache|
|667 MHz FSB|
|Memory||:||2 * 1 GB Dual Channel DDR2|
|Harddisk||:||Seagate Momentus 7200.1 80GB ST980825AS|
|DVD-CDRW||:||Hitachi HL-DT-ST GCC4244 CDRW/DVD|
|Screen||:||17 inch 1920 by 1200|
|Graphics card||:||nVidia G71 [Quadro FX 2500M]|
|Audio||:||Intel 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller|
|Network||:||Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5752 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express|
|Wireless||:||Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection|
|Bluetooth||:||Dell Computer Corp. Wireless 350 Bluetooth|
|Card reader||:||O2 Micro, Inc. Oz776 SmartCard Reader|
|Card reader||:||Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter|
|Touchpad||:||SynPS/2 Synaptics TouchPad|
After trying to gain some confidence by booting from a Kubuntu Live/Install CD I decided to use SUSE Linux 10.1 on this machine. The Kubuntu Live CD already worked flawlessly, installing SUSE went without a hitch. A bit more configuration is needed than with booting from the Kubuntu CD, especially concerning the resolution of the screen.
Because this machine has an nVidia Graphics card, it was necessary to install the nVidia driver afterwards using tiny-nvidia-installer. This implies that you need to install the kernel sources.
There is one drawback in SUSE Linux 10.1. Novell decided to retrofit a number of installer backends in YaST. This amounts to making software installation with YaST unworkable. The backend integration is immature alas and has - out of the box - a number of bugs. I switched to using smart on the command line to manage software.
KDE ofcourse. After setting up smart with the necessary channels I updated it to the latest stable version, KDE 3.5.3 at the time of writing this. If you want to use the Synaptics applet, make sure you deselect the ALPS checkbox.
At the time of writing, I tested all hardware with the exception of the card reader hardware. I don't have any cards that fit, so I do not use that particular piece. Everything else works out of the box.