So I’ve had Debian Unstable on the laptop for a week or two now and I think I’ve finished all the config/migrate work. I’ve got the wireless card working (using ipw2100 & waproamd, I tried wpasupplicant, but I only need WEP and WEP is broken for wpasuplicant & ipw2100’s), gprs over bluetooth and the the built-in modem (using sl-modem-daemon & sl-modem-source). I haven’t got suspend working at all, for disk or memory. Applying the suspend2.net patches to straight kernel sources or debian-patched kernel sources seems way to hard, it looks like I’ll have to have a look at bitkeeper and pull a patched kernel dtraight from the suspend2 guys. Here’s a quick rundown of my original requirements and how I’ve met them:
Multiple network access methods (wired, wireless, gprs) all to work smoothly
(RealTek RTL8139 support in kernel, ipw2100 support from ipw2100.sourceforge.net, bluez, rfcomm & pppd are all that’s needed for gprs)
(Thunderbird’s clunky offline support will do for now)
Offline Network Shares
(hmm, not quite there yet on this, probably going ti endup using rsync/drsync/unison to sync directories)
VPN Access (currently we use SSH for crude but effective VPN access, IPSec is on it’s way, as is Citrix SG if I ever get a chance!)
(OpenSSH, need I say more? Need to look at using OpenSWAN with 2.6 IPSec…)
Proper wordprocessing & spreadsheet tools, this pretty much means Word & Excel, as we’re stuck in the “that’s what everybody else is using” rut.
(One of my collegues was using CrossOver Office, I was mightly impressed and looked at using Wine and then CrossOver, which is a whole $40, which is nothing, so I’m running the CrossOver eval and will get the full product in due course!)
Encryptable disk space & Cross platform encryptable USB stick support.
(I’ve been looking at Jetico’s BestCrypt, I have been using it under XP and was quite impressed, however when I took my encrypted volume from XP & tried to open it under Linux, it complained bitterly)